The Washington Center



Home Institution: University of Alberta

Internship Site: Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain

Program: Politics and Public Policy

See You Later, D.C.!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Working in D.C. has helped me realize just how many doors opened for me the day I picked my political science major. Over the past two months I’ve met people who work for think tanks, the Department of State, NGOs, the media, law firms, the United Nations, the World Bank, and the military.  

My D.C. adventure wouldn’t have been the same without the lifelong friendships I made along the way. Whether I was having brunch that was way over my budget or getting lost in a random part of D.C., I’m so grateful that I got do it all alongside some of the most hilarious, caring, and dedicated people I have ever met. Here are a few snippets of our adventures together:   Having (Expensive) Brunch

Family Time in Virginia

Monday, July 31, 2017

One of the best parts about living in the D.C. area is how incredibly easy it is to travel to areas outside of D.C. Thanks to the Metro system, I’ve been able to visit family in Manassas, Virginia that I hadn’t seen in almost ten years. I’ve spent a few weekends with my cousins there, and my heart hurts just thinking about heading back to Canada in a few days.  

Solo Trip to NYC

Monday, July 24, 2017

Two nights booked on a random futon in Brooklyn, one backpack of essentials, and zero solid plans - this was my spontaneous solo trip to NYC last weekend.   Statue of Liberty  

Nik and Nav Explore D.C.

Friday, July 14, 2017

My homesickness has been cured! My friend Nik from back home visited D.C. this past weekend, and I realized how much of a local I am now. I know the city so well that I’m able to point out the best restaurants, provide context for historic sites, and even walk to places without using Google maps.  

Canada Day Away From Home

Sunday, July 02, 2017

It’s Canada Day today, and I’m a homesick mess. This is the first year I’ve been away from home during the July 1st weekend, and I just want to escape to the Rocky Mountains and never look back.   Don’t get me wrong, I’m in love with D.C. — but “the true north strong and free” will always be the one place I can’t stay away from for very long.  

Courage Knows No Gender

Monday, June 26, 2017

As a woman aspiring towards I career in politics, I have constantly been told that politics aren’t for women — especially women of color. Because of this I expected D.C., the hub of politics, to be dominated by men and prepared myself for a deeply patriarchal city. But I was actually pleasantly surprised by the Capital’s efforts to commemorate the work of women in America and around the world.  

Adjusting to the Intern Life

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Being an intern in D.C. is twofold: on the one hand you feel extremely small around some of the most influential people in the world and on the other hand you feel like an essential part of the city's politics.  

The City of My Dreams

Monday, June 12, 2017

Although I had always wanted to end up working in Washington D.C., I never thought it would be so soon. The whole transition happened so fast over the last month, it didn't even feel real. I got matched to an internship, packed a suitcase full of essentials, and the next thing I know, I’m living in the city of my dreams.

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