Up Next: Absolutely Everything

Up Next: Absolutely Everything

When I first arrived at The Washington Center, filled with fear and a little bit of excitement, I had no idea what to expect. Of course I had hopes and goals for the final semester of my undergraduate career, but I didn't know how it would all turn out. There were so many questions swirling through my mind before I moved into TWC. Would I like my roommates? Would I like my internship? Would I be able to do well at my internship? How would I manage budgeting without an income? What would the class be like? And most of all, would this experience bring me closer to figuring out a career path?

 

Now that I'm standing at the end of this experience, I am nothing but thankful for my time here. I learned and grew so much: professionally, academically, and personally. My internship with the Peace Corps Office of Safety and Security was incredible from start to finish and has shaped me in ways I probably haven't even fully realized yet. The people I worked with were kind, intelligent and hard-working, and I made valuable connections. My supervisor in particular was a wonderful mentor who gave me so many opportunities to improve and hone the professional skills that I will continue to use for the rest of my career. It was an amazing internship, and I will miss Peace Corps and all of its amazing employees dearly.

 

I will not only miss my internship, but also all of the friends I made in D.C. TWC was full of people from (literally) all over the world and even though I didn't leave the United States, I had the opportunity to interact with other cultures, which is something I believe is very unique to TWC and D.C. From the Global Festival hosted at TWC, to events like Fiesta DC, to interactions in class with students from other countries, to my roommate from Mexico, I was exposed to so many new cultures in such a short amount of time. It opened my eyes to the way other groups of people live, think and behave, and I had so much fun experiencing it all. Easily one of my favorite things about D.C. is how you can walk through the streets and oftentimes you can hear different languages being spoken. D.C. might be the center of the United States as its capital city, but I'm leaving D.C. feeling like it is so much more than that: it is a global and multicultural city that attracts people from around the globe.

 

I will miss TWC and the opportunities it provided me. From networking, to social justice events, to various workshops, to the volunteering positions I took on, I am pleased with what I accomplished. I had the opportunity to do things I never would have been able to do at my university (as much as I love my school) and for that alone I am so happy I decided to come to TWC and experience all that it had to offer. It wasn't always perfect but it was always educational.

 

So while I might be saying goodbye to The Washington Center experience, I know that I'm not saying goodbye to D.C. as a whole. It is such a special city that taught me so much about myself. I came here hoping I would feel like I could see myself living in D.C. full time, and I'm happy to say that I ended up feeling at home. I love the city lifestyle - using public transportation, walking to the grocery store, taking Uber or Lyft, and never running out of things to do and people to meet. I might be leaving for now but it won't be long until I make my way back here, and I am so excited for what my future in D.C. might hold.

 

Kelsey

 

And now I stand days away from graduating. Everyone keeps asking me what's next, and while I could spend hours talking about all my ideas for the future, my plans for grad school, and the kinds of jobs I'm interested in, when it comes down to it, the answer to that question is a simple one. Up next is: absolutely everything.

 

Kelsey

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