Seeing TWC From a New Perspective

Seeing TWC From a New Perspective

Like many of my friends, as my internship in D.C. came to a close, I started thinking about opportunities for the summer. Since I already decided on graduate school plans - I'll be headed to the doctoral program in French at New York University - I simply wanted to work for a few weeks and stay in D.C.


After finding an opportunity with The Washington Center (TWC) as a transitions contractor, I stayed around for roughly a month, helping TWC prepare for the influx of new interns. (And wow, there were lots of new faces!)


The decision to stay on board with TWC was an easy choice - I wanted to be in Washington a bit longer and earn some money. As with everything I've encountered in D.C. so far, it turned out to be much more rewarding than I anticipated.


I had the opportunity to work with many other TWC staffers (many of whom I'd never met before) on making other students' transition to Washington and their new work environments as simple and straightforward as possible. It was a lot of work. But I had a blast seeing things from the other side.


As someone who went through the same process as an intern only six months ago, I couldn't believe how much my perspective changed while talking to fresh faces about their opportunities. There's a confidence and preparedness that goes along with completing TWC's academic internship program I didn't recognize until I met hundreds of new, unsure interns. It was exciting for me to watch so many peers take a big first step towards their long term career goals.


My favorite part about sticking around for a few weeks is, no doubt, the friendships I formed with the other transitions contractors. We laughed a lot, and I loved that.


Looking back on the whole experience

I'm surprised at how many times my plans changed or evolved over the course of a few short months. I went from uncertainty about graduate school while actively looking for a career path in media/communications to sticking with a decision about graduate school. All along the way, however, I never forgot the importance of having a strong D.C. network.


Apart from the professional connections I made, there's a lot I'll miss about the place itself - my regular coffee shops (I had 3 main ones), my weekly visits to the National Gallery of Art and my nighttime walks over to South East. Washington is a exciting, vibrant place, and there's never a shortage of things to do, no matter what you're into.


On one of my last days in the city, I sat down at Ebenezer's coffee by Union Station and folded an origami crane. I've been folding lots of paper cranes since I first learned how to this past Christmas. I took it over to the beautifully landscaped bushes and flowers by the Supreme Court and took its picture.



Later on, my fellow transitions contractors and I decided to name him Reynard. I gave him to one of my friends before she left. Cranes are supposed to be lucky, right?


Here's to wishing everyone I met in D.C. good luck! Please keep in touch. Maybe I'll be back sooner than you or I imagine. You never know!


Until next time,


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