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Poonam

Poonam

Home Institution: St. Lawrence University

Internship Site: National Immigration Law Center

Program: Law and Criminal Justice

When I first arrived in the nation's capital, I remember my sentimental attachment to home constantly lurking over me. I thought to myself: there was no way I would ever like D.C. and there was no way it would ever become a second home for me.  

Celebrating My 21st Birthday

Monday, May 01, 2017

If you were to ask me a few weeks ago how I felt about celebrating my 21st birthday, I honestly would have had no idea. At the time, I was simply not that over-zealous about approaching the big 21. For some people, 21 is a prime number (of course, not in the mathematical sense) because it is associated with a "coming of age" and legal drinking. But, for me, it was just an arbitrary number.  

Tips for Choosing a Law School

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

For those of you who are thinking about pursuing law school (like me), it can be an arduous task to decide which school is truly best for you. Whatever you do, it is pivotal that you choose a school that meets your expectations and needs, and seems to be a good fit.  

Overcoming Obstacles at TWC

Monday, April 17, 2017

Self-reflection is the process of looking back on one's own behavior, character, motives, and actions. It's the ability to see all of the decisions you have made (good or bad) and consider how those decisions have impacted you.   During my TWC experience, self-reflection has helped me overcome many adversities and stay positive. Below, I've outlined four lessons that I have learned during my time here which have shaped me as both a student and a professional.

Experiencing TWC's Global Festival

Monday, April 10, 2017

Last Friday, I participated in TWC's Spring 2017 Global Festival - and boy was it fun! The event was split into three sections: cultural booths, country presentations and a talent show.  

Seeing My First Cherry Blossom Festival

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Last week, my friend and I decided to attend the National Cherry Blossom Festival and explore the cherry blossoms on the day of their peak bloom. On this year's peak bloom date, over 70% of blossoms were expected to be in full bloom!

Last week, I had the opportunity to witness history by attending day three of Neil Gorsuch's confirmation hearing at the Hart Senate Office Building.  

Activism Around Every Corner

Sunday, March 19, 2017

This past weekend, the Syrian Cultural House and Mozaic hosted an event called the "Flavors of Syria" at The National City Christian Church. The idea behind the event was to raise awareness about Syrian culture, music, art, cuisine, and fashion.

What It Means to Be a Woman

Monday, March 13, 2017

When we celebrated International Women’s Day last week, many applauded the work of valiant women's rights activists, artists, engineers, authors and others who have helped spur change over the course of the centuries. Rather than focus on the leaders of this movement, I would rather trace women's achievements on a microscopic level, versus a macroscopic one.  

5 Ways to Fight For Rights

Monday, March 06, 2017

Last Friday, Hector E. Sanchez gave a compelling speech on immigration and immigrant rights to a cohort of young, ambitious students from all over the country.



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