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Alexandria

Alexandria

Home Institution: University of Rochester

Internship Site: Ashoka

Program: Media & Communication

I heard "I wanna go, but it's so hard to get tickets!" all the time whenever someone mentioned the National Museum of African American History. Fortunately, a coworker of mine was generous and had extra tickets to the Museum that she didn’t plan on using. I went alone that day. I didn’t find it heavy or intimidating until I entered the depths of the museum. That’s where one is supposed to start. The bottom.  

3 Ways to Keep Worry Off your Back

Monday, November 06, 2017

In and out. In and out. In and out…   Sometimes I get stuck. We all do sometimes. Anxiety is not a new or isolated experience and with enough musing and waiting, it can be paralyzing. I am no stranger to worrying and with the arriving precipice of college graduation, there were a few days where it settled into my bed, sat with me at the breakfast table, and looked over my shoulder at my internship. I want to offer three tips that can help get worry off your back as you ponder your future plans.  

Journalism: More Than Just Tweets

Monday, October 23, 2017

There was a panel this past Friday with NPR’s Susan Davis and Geoff Bennett. This panel was one of TWC’s professional track activities, where you can choose to attend events that cater to your specific professional interests whether that be policy, law, or advocacy.  

Traveling to NYC for Work (And Fun)

Monday, October 16, 2017

From Wednesday through Friday of last week, I was in New York City for my first ever work travel opportunity.  It was (of course) an exciting adventure, and I got the chance to see a side of New York City I found less intimidating and more endearing. The hotel I got to stay in was so quirky and millennial in SoHo, Manhattan.   Lobby of my hotel  

An Unconventional Start

Sunday, October 08, 2017

It’s easy to give advice once you’ve already gotten where you want to be. But I wanted to offer up a sort of testimonial to the fact that a large part of taking on a semester with The Washington Center, gaining an internship, or striving to achieve anything in life is being ready for the unexpected. Even that means dealing with a difficult roommate in a foreign country while trying maintain a Skype interview.  

I attended a panel last Friday that was part of the Simpson-Mineta Leaders Series hosted by The Washington Center at the Residential and Academic Facility. It peaked my interest (and trepidation) as the calendar event read, “Race & the American Presidency: From Lincoln to Trump”  in bolded letters.  

The Newseum: A Hard Look at Journalism

Monday, September 25, 2017

So, this past weekend my evening course (Media and the Movies) took a field trip to the much famed Newseum at 555 Pennsylvania Ave. I had no expectations for what the Newseum would be like: all I knew was that since I have a focus in communications, this facility should be right up my alley.  

Debunking the 6 Myths of Professionalism

Sunday, September 17, 2017

"You are professionals!" I have heard that phrase announced several times while I've been here, and I'm sure you will too. Although I am not entirely convinced that anyone (including myself) really knows what it means. This blog post is my effort to offer a more general understanding by debunking six common myths of being a professional.   Myth #1: Being professional is "dressing to the tens" (or whatever numerical representation) because it prepares you for success.  

The Commute: Everyone Starts Somewhere

Saturday, September 09, 2017

As mentioned in my previous blog post, I didn’t come into this whole TWC/D.C. experience poised to tour and explore.  I was even less prepared to ride a complicated metal worm under the dark depths of D.C.—at least that’s how I saw it.  I’m originally from Michigan, and I go to school in upstate New York at the University of Rochester.  Neither places have an imbibed culture of a Metro system.  If you want to get somewhere, you either procure a vehicle or tackle the boondoggle bus system of the area.

Lemonade for a Windowless Room

Sunday, September 03, 2017

This little blog post isn't just about staying in a room without windows - it's about making due with what you are given. Despite the resources that The Washington Center willingly provides, there will always be instances where certain aspects may not initially live up to your expectations.  



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