Looking Back on My TWC Experience

Looking Back on My TWC Experience

I actually can’t believe it. I can’t believe that I am writing my final blog post already. The expression ‘time flies when you are having fun’ could not be more accurate. I have never had this much fun for so many consecutive days in a row than at The Washington Center.

 

I obviously didn’t spend my time here alone, and there are a few people who contributed to my happiness while I was here. I would like to use this last blog post to thank everyone who has been involved in making TWC the experience of a lifetime.

 

The 405 Girls

Anyone who has read my previous blog posts knows that I absolutely adore (read: am obsessed with) my roommates. I had never in my life shared a room before and to be honest that was the only thing that I was really worried about before arriving at TWC. I made up these awful scenarios in my mind about antisocial, mean roommates who never cleaned or bothered to do the dishes. Apart from that last bit, I could not have been more wrong.

 

To Betsy Foresman: thank you for being the quietest sleeper on the planet. No but seriously, I wanted to poke you sometimes to see if you were still alive. You know, in case your whooping cough got the best of you. Thank you for strengthening my abs by making me laugh so hard every single day - you are not only a very talented artist but also a very talented comedian. You seriously heightened every stupid (or brilliant) game or prank we came up with to the next level by adding a ‘pinch of Betsy’ to the recipe. Long story short, you truly are a ridiculously funny and creative person and I will think of you every single time I ‘apagar la luz’ or hear someone cough severely.


To Brooke Castagna: thank you to your parents (that’s you, Sandy and David!!) for creating the craziest person I have ever met. I don’t know where you get the energy to be at 100% every second of your existence, but you really are. I know the fact that you are low-key a bully is because you love us so much and therefore I forgive you. Also, after hiding approximately 100 clowns in the whole apartment to punish you for not seeing "IT" with us and scaring you half to death by putting Betsy in cabinets, I feel like we are on the same level of guilt here. Thank you, Brooke, for showing me what it means to be ‘savage’ and always having my back. I will think of you every time I see someone dance and laugh like an insane person or hear someone say the words ‘me first’ in an obnoxious way.


To Blythe Bull: you were the first one I met when I walked into the apartment and you are the one that immediately made me realize that I was going to have the time of my life. The things you say at the most random moments are just too funny to handle and you have definitely added to my developing six-pack. You are so creative Blythe, with your cards, your music and the scavenger hunts. It was truly a pleasure to have shared 405 with you and I will think of you every time I eat mac and cheese, which no one makes better than you!

 

 

The Belgians, Gibraltarians and Other TWC Students

A big thank you goes out to my fellow Belgians PJ, Gwen, Arnaud, Sofie, Kit, Louise and Estelle. They made me proud to be part of our little country by bringing joy and craziness everywhere they went. Most of my memories here include at least one of you and I can’t wait to see you guys again and look back on this adventure over a few beers in Leuven.


Another group of people from a small but mighty country that deserve a thank you are the Gibraltarians. To be honest, before meeting half of your population at TWC, I completely forgot about your little peninsula, but not anymore! To Jazz and Bella, I can’t wait for you guys to show me that rock that I have heard so much about when I visit you. Also, these girls deserve a special shout out for being nothing less than the best co-workers I could have wished for at my internship. Our club sandwiches at Whitlow’s will forever be one of the best memories from my time at TWC.

 

To all of the others that I have met at TWC: thank you! Every class, LEAD session, professional track event, party or get together would not have been the same without all of the amazing people that I have met. A special thank you to Riad Rassoul for introducing me to a bunch of crazy dancing Puerto Ricans and for the many other things that he has done for me.

 


 

The Whole TWC Staff

Obviously, none of the above would have ever been possible without the TWC staff who work hard every day to make this program the best it can be. To my LEAD Instructor, Sam Lebow: thank you for the interesting and actually quite fun LEAD sessions. To my professor, Mr. Laney: thank you for making your classes so exciting and interactive. I am figuratively but also literally a richer person thanks to you. To Lauren Johnson: thank you for giving me the opportunity to be part of the blogging team and supporting my writing. You have allowed me to document my stay here, which I will always cherish. Last but definitely not least, a massive thank you to Tristine Harris for answering my million questions and for nominating me for the personal growth award. Winning that award was the cherry on top of this experience, and I am forever grateful to you.

 

 

Looking back on this semester, I can truly say that this has been the most wonderful experience of my life so far. I am not the same person I was before arriving in D.C. and I could not be prouder of what I have achieved during the short period I spent here.

 

I have grown on a professional and social level, in more ways than I could have ever imagined or hoped for. In addition to figuring out my next step in life, I have made lifelong friends to whom I owe so much. Although I am heartbroken that it’s over, I am more than excited and proud to be a TWC alumna. Thank you for everything TWC, truly.


I am officially waving you goodbye. One last time.


Take care everyone,
Hélène

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