The Washington Center



Home Institution: University of Toledo

Internship Site: Public Defender of the District of Columbia

Program: Law & Criminal Justice

So Long For Now

Monday, December 18, 2017

It’s been a week out of Washington, D.C. now and although I had an incredible last weekend in D.C. that already has me missing the city, it’s just as nice to be home. Between being busy and being far away, I didn’t realize just how much I was missing my friends and family until I saw them again. After finishing up exams, I even got to take off a few days to do nothing but relax, which I probably haven’t done since before I left.  

Making the Most of My Last Days in D.C.

Monday, December 04, 2017

As December and the Christmas season are coming up, so too is my last week at The Washington Center. It’s been a momentous week as I prepare to go home, all against the backdrop of major political happenings in the Congress. It’s easy to feel like it’s time to go home just as I’m beginning to get used to the city and so much is happening to close out the year.  

The Value of Going Home

Monday, November 27, 2017

I decided that I was going to go home for Thanksgiving approximately four days before I got on the plane to do so. I’d gone back and forth about it a few times, weighing the cost and the opportunity to bond with other Washington Center students staying for the holiday as well as the time it would take to travel to and from Toledo. In the end, though, I realized one simple fact: I just wanted to go home.

Finding Friends at Your Own Pace

Monday, November 20, 2017

Everyone remembers that first day, high-school-era anxiety of looking around a crowded room and feeling like you have to choose your friends for the next four years in the next four seconds. You feel like your whole life is riding on this decision, like it’s going to make or break your whole high school experience. You might get that same feeling on your first day of The Washington Center orientation. For some people, it’s true - and for others, it’s not.

5 Tips for Applying to Law School

Monday, November 13, 2017

As I write this blog post, I can barely move my fingers across this keyboard. I am tired of writing, a sentence I never thought I would write. Over the past month, I have written thousands of words, and spent countless hours revising them. I still have four or five pages left to write, and the thousands of words typed and later deleted and then retyped have drained me of almost all motivation. The reason I’m subjecting myself to such misery is, of course, law school applications.

Embracing My Identity

Sunday, November 05, 2017

A few weeks ago, I received the invitation to attend the "Disrupt" conference sponsored by the National Association of Asian American Professionals. I was interested, but initially hesitant. As I’ve mentioned in previous blog posts, my mother is South Korean, and I consider my South Korean roots to be a part of my heritage that has shaped the way I think about the world. However, I inherited much of my father’s genetics and to put it bluntly, I look pretty white.

When most people think of North Korea, if they think of it at all, they think first of nuclear missiles. Sometimes the infamous dictator Kim Jong-un comes to mind, or Trump’s tweets of "fire and fury," or maybe even the movie ‘The Interview’ that stirred up controversy a few years ago. They’re mostly dispassionate, impersonal thoughts. However, I don’t have the luxury of thinking about the North Korean conflict that way, and never have.

5 Must-Visit D.C. Metro Stops

Monday, October 23, 2017

Eight weeks into my Washington Center experience, I’ve gotten pretty familiar with taking the Metro, and have even come to prefer it. While you do sacrifice some of the convenience of being able to drive, it saves you the hassle of looking for and paying for parking, as well as having to worry about paying for gas or doing car maintenance. After using the Metro extensively for both work and fun, I’ve found my top five favorite stops, some of them fairly common and others slightly off the beaten path.  

When the Road Feels Wrong, Change Course

Sunday, October 15, 2017

When I arrived at The Washington Center, I felt as though I had my roadmap to the future planned out and complete. I would complete this internship, return home for six months to finish up my degree, and then set off for my dream law school in Fall of 2018 to study criminal law.   Now, at the midterm point of the semester, some reflection reveals that what was once a bold black line from point A to point B is now a few dotted lines branching in several directions, and a lot of question marks.  

If you spend more than five seconds in DC, someone has likely raved to you about how great the networking scene is here, and how you should definitely be taking advantage of it. Both of those things are true, but networking is often easier said than done.   People will talk about it often as a nebulous, crucial skill without actually getting into the nitty-gritty of how it’s done. With that in mind, these tips have helped me clarify the mysterious and intimidating world of networking.  

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