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Emily

Emily

Home Institution: Florida State University

Internship Site: Charities Aid Foundation of America

Program: International Affairs

Looking Forward to the Future

Monday, August 14, 2017

It’s been a week now since I returned home to St. Petersburg, Florida. Though it’s nice to be back with my family and catch up on some much-needed sleep my heart is still in Washington D.C.   I remember at the beginning of the summer when I first arrived to our nation’s capital many of the students talked about homesickness. I didn’t experience these emotions once during the summer…until now.  

An Open Letter to My TWC Friends

Monday, August 07, 2017

It’s hard to believe this summer is already over. It seems like just yesterday we were meeting for the first time outside We The Pizza and exploring the Botanical Gardens and Museum of Natural History together. I never thought the random group of strangers I met that day would become such an important part of my life.  

Protesting In Our Nation's Capital

Monday, July 31, 2017

“This is what democracy looks like…” These were the words chanted by dozens of protesters outside the U.S. Senate in the early hours of Friday morning. Senators met in closed chambers to vote on a new proposed bill to repeal parts of the Affordable Care Act.  

Growing Through My Internship

Monday, July 24, 2017

This summer has been one of the most transformative semesters of my college career. In addition to the newfound friends and lifelong memories I’ve made in Washington D.C., the meaningful connections and skills acquired at my summer internship have been highly conducive to my professional development.  

Exploring Rock Creek Park

Monday, July 17, 2017

John Muir once said, “Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.”  Though Washington D.C. is a bustling metropolitan city full of bright lights, noisy cars, and an abundance of people, the District is also home to Rock Creek Park, an enormous urban park just north of Georgetown that serves as the perfect getaway from city life.  

Leading the 4th of July Parade

Monday, July 10, 2017

Independence Day has always been one of my favorite holidays. I love celebrating my freedom with patriotic songs, red, white and blue attire, and traditional American foods like hot dogs and hamburgers. July 4th in Washington D.C. is an incredible experience in itself - watching the fireworks burst behind the Washington Monument is an event like no other. In addition to the traditional D.C. Independence Day festivities, I also participated in an unexpected opportunity unique to many Washingtonians. I had the chance to carry the opening banner in the National Independence Day Parade.

For as long as I can remember, attending Tampa Bay Rays games has been a summer ritual. While filling this summer with Washington Nationals games has been fun, I’ve missed my home team. Thankfully, this past Friday, I had the opportunity to travel over to Baltimore to find a little taste of home.  

How to Commute Like a Pro (and Cons)

Monday, June 26, 2017

I’ve been dreaming about living and working in Washington D.C. for nearly 21 years. When I first confirmed my plans to intern in D.C. I was ecstatic. I imagined walking down K Street to my internship everyday, but little did I know that I wouldn’t be working in our nation’s capital; I’d actually be working just south of the District in Alexandria, Virginia. As far as the commute, there are a significant amount of pros and cons to commuting to another city. Here’s some of what I’ve found:Pro – Time to decompress and read the news

How Do You Know What to Do Next?

Monday, June 19, 2017

“What are your plans after graduation…?” As a senior in college, this dreaded question is almost impossible to avoid. Conversations with classmates, fellow interns, and family members all seem to lead to an interrogation about the future. With one semester left in my undergraduate career, panic has finally set in. For many, the thought of graduating a semester early brings excitement and the feeling of accomplishment. But for someone who has no idea what to do next, it’s terrifying. While I still have nearly five months to figure out my plans, the ticking clock seems to be accelerating.

The Recipe for Friendship

Monday, June 12, 2017

Gabriella Montez from "High School Musical" once said, “Do you remember in kindergarten how you'd meet a kid and know nothing about them, then 10 seconds later you're playing like you're best friends, because you didn't have to be anything but yourself?”  



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