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Sara

Sara

Home Institution: Middle Tennessee State University

Internship Site: Securing Water For Food

Program: Advocacy, Service and Arts

Lessons Learned in D.C.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Within a week of leaving The Washington Center, I also graduated from my university. My undergraduate degree in political science was three and a half years in the making and involved a fair share of sweat and tears. Leaving college feels bittersweet, similarly to leaving TWC.   A rainbow above an old fire station in D.C.

Unique Nightlife in Washington D.C.

Monday, July 24, 2017

This weekend, I had the opportunity to attend a silent disco, one of Washington’s favorite nightlife attractions. Hundreds of people, all with headphones on, dancing to music being played by several DJs. Terrah, a close friend and TWC alum, raved about how fun these events could be, and I knew I wanted to see it for myself. On Saturday, Terrah treated me to a ticket, and we silently danced the night away. Here is a brief look inside the experience!   Culture Shock

The Introvert's Guide to Making Friends

Thursday, July 13, 2017

In the days leading up to my arrival at The Washington Center, I was terrified. I was afraid that I would not make friends here.Without a doubt, this was a silly worry. The only obstacle I have ever had to surmount in terms of finding and making friends has been using my voice. There was a time in my life, up until very recently, when I was painfully shy.  

Pros and Cons of D.C. Living

Sunday, July 02, 2017

Spending the summer in D.C. has been eye-opening in many ways. More than anything, it has taught me how to be secure in my own independence.   Living on your own for the first time, no matter where you are, can be challenging. It may seem a little more daunting to be out on your own in a major city, but the experience is incredibly valuable. That being said, every city has its pros and cons - here are a few of the ones for Washington, D.C. Pro: Free Activities!

Many places in D.C. take on a different tone when experienced by yourself. Having only your mental commentary to accompany you, take a trip to these six places.   The Lincoln Memorial Statue of Lincoln

Scenes From the Metro

Monday, June 19, 2017

There is something eerie and magical about the D.C. Metro. It is a transient place, much like an airport or rest stop along the interstate. People use these spaces as stepping stones from one place to the next, never pausing long enough to leave a lasting impression beyond occasional graffiti. These are places that suggest movement and a resulting impatience when progress is delayed. Old Metro car interior  

The Unexpectedness of Being Homesick

Sunday, June 11, 2017

“If this is your first time in a major city, stand up!” A handful of people stood up when this question was asked during orientation, and I was one of them. This city was foreign to me. I had left the relative calm of Nashville, Tennessee and been thrust into a strange new world.   As a teenager and college student, I spent a considerable amount of time bemoaning the state of Tennessee. Dreams of D.C. and moving away had once occupied many of my thoughts. I thought I wanted the hustle and bustle of a major American city, and D.C. seemed like the place I was meant to be.



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