Lessons Learned Through My Time in D.C.

Lessons Learned Through My Time in D.C.

Though my time with The Washington Center has come to a close, my time in D.C. has not. I will be sticking around a few weeks longer before heading off to Cape Cod for my summer job with the College Light Opera Company.

 

Like many of my fellow TWC students, I knew I was not ready to leave D.C. Luckily, I found out about a month before the end of my internship that I could delay my temporary goodbye, as I absolutely plan to return to D.C. after graduating next year. So, after several tearful goodbyes to my roommate and friends, I began my journey into my career beyond TWC. For the next three weeks, I’m working for the Kennedy Center, in the same department I interned with all semester, and might I add, extremely excited to do so.

 

The things I learned in D.C. will stick with me forever, and while they are great in number, I’ve narrowed them down to three key concepts that have, over the course of my time in Washington, D.C., changed who I am as a young woman and young professional.

 

Own Your Happiness

Your happiness does not belong to anyone else. Take control of it. Look at yourself every morning and just smile. It will change the way you feel about every day in the cheesiest way possible, but my semester would not have been as transformative without changing the way I looked at the world.

 

Ask Questions

Having questions does not make you look uninformed; it makes you look interested. I used to worry about the number of questions I asked my supervisor, out of fear of not only annoying them, but asking something I should have known the answer to. This semester, my supervisors actually thanked me for being so transparent with them when I wasn’t sure.

 

Take Risks

Taking risks can be a lot of fun, and I don’t even mean professionally. I decided a couple of weeks ago to chop off all my hair (before and after below) and it was the biggest confidence booster. My point is not that everyone should chop off their hair (although, maybe they should, it is wonderful); my point is that sometimes a risk will actually be incredibly rewarding.

 

 

As I continue to reflect on my time in Washington, D.C. I cannot believe how different I am now and how much I have grown as an individual. Even more surprising is the fact that none of this growth is because of anyone else.

 

I made all of my experiences my own and no longer think of myself or the world in the same way. This semester has truly been the most transformative of my life and I can’t thank myself, my supervisors, and the Kennedy Center enough for that.


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