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Colleen

Colleen

Home Institution: University of Toledo

Internship Site: Public Defender of the District of Columbia

Program: Law & Criminal Justice

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.  

Forging a Path Forward for America

Monday, October 02, 2017

“Do you think the president is a racist?” There was a collective intake of breath, and some murmurs around the room.   Some people laughed nervously. Others glanced at their friends, and then back to the panelists on the stage, rapt with attention to see what the answer would be. I know I was on the edge of my seat, staring intently at the panelist as he visibly pondered the question.

How to Beat Imposter Syndrome

Sunday, September 24, 2017

When I walked into the morning orientation session on my first day, tired and badly in need of a coffee, my emotions were pretty mixed. While I was excited to explore D.C., learn more about The Washington Center and meet new people, excitement wasn’t the only thing I was feeling. As I looked down the rows of neat suits and high heels, I experienced an overwhelming surge of doubt, all centering around one thought: ‘Do I really belong here?’  

4 Tips for Pre-Law Students at TWC

Monday, September 18, 2017

If you’re considering going into law, you’re probably crazy - at least, according to pretty much every piece of advice I’ve been given since I got here. Luckily, it seems like I’m just the right amount of crazy, and so that advice hasn’t swayed me in the slightest from my decision to go to law school.  

Discovering Patriotism Through the Newseum

Monday, September 11, 2017

Patriotism is always a sentiment that I’ve struggled with. Objectively, I’ve always known that living in the United States provides a lot of freedoms and opportunities that you won’t find in other countries, and I’m appreciative of that. However, I wouldn’t say that gratitude has ever truly extended to true love of country for me the way that it does for others.



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