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Dominique Alford

Dominique Alford

Home Institution: University of Central Arkansas
Internship Site: Public Defender Service for DC
Program: Law and Criminal Justice

For those of you are are not able to simply throw around the amount of money needed for tuition and/or TWC program fees, plus housing and living in D.C., here are some tips: - If you recieve financial aid on campus, you may be able to use it to help pay for the experience. Also, look into the relationship that TWC has with your school.

It’s been a ride, hasn’t it? You’ve traveled with me throughout  New York, Delaware, Virginia and D.C as this small town country girl took on the city of political giants and I’ve hoped you’ve enjoyed it! The title of this entry represents what The Washington Center is all about and as a Diversity Scholar, I can honestly say that I’ve grown to love and respect those cultures. Each word is the in language of a newly gained friend or associate that i’ve met here. This city has taught me more about myself and my surroundings.

Living at the RAF

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Welcome to the Residential and Academic Facility!  This spacious building is located within blocks of a grocery store, metro station and several small shops. When entering the building you will be greeted by one of our two concierges or one of our three security guards. Concierge

Thanksgiving at the Washington Center

Thursday, January 27, 2011

This year, like most students here at TWC, I was unable to travel home. Do not fret, TWC Office of Student Life host a wonderful dinner for many students to come and bring food from all their countries and share with other students. The event was hosted by several RA’s in the building and they were in attendance as well to welcome our international students from all around the world. However, my roommate Elisheba asked if I would cook a traditional Thanksgiving meal with some of our international friends. Yoali Riquelme, Dora Ivett, Elisheba and I all set out to prepare Thanksgiving meal.

Getting back to the basics

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Coming from the Natural State I am constantly surrounded by the melodies of subtle winds mixed with the rustle of leaves and eco-friendly transportation, i.e.; bicycles. Also, my hometown, Conway, AR, “The city of trees” I am constantly able to breathe fresh air omitted daily. So needless to say, I am definitely missing the sweet smells of nature. Though D.C is nothing like New York, where you are constantly surrounded by grey concrete, I miss stars and nature. My all-time favorite hobby, gardening, was also missed, so I happily skipped to Botanic Garden.

Fire, Fire! Where, Where?

Thursday, January 27, 2011

What do you do when fire alarm rings at 6:30 p.m.? Well most would run screaming and hollering testing door handles to make sure it’s not hot before running to the nearest elevator only to remember that you’re supposed to take the stairs and begin running toward the stairs instead only to bump into more people and make a slower decent down six flights of stairs and into the night carrying nothing but your laptop and bunched up winter coat. But, that’s enough about me. Like most people, I will tell you: Follow safety procedures calmly and promptly.

If you're artsy and you know it...

Thursday, January 27, 2011

D.C is full of fun and culturally awakening areas. Chinatown, D.C is nothing like Chinatown, San Francisco, but you will be able to enjoy some traditional Chinese food. Arts have been known to be innovative and creative. The arts can capture the very passion that lies within someone and allow them to express themselves on personal and unique level. D.C has plenty of opportunities for you to express yourself.  Here are a few of the things I attended:

Under 21 Networking in a Happy Hour Town

Thursday, January 27, 2011

As soon as you hit the streets of D.C you will constantly be told this is the “Happy Hour” town. If you are 20, this is the worst possible thing you can hear! I was constantly confused on how I could effectively unwind with co-workers during this time period. Chris Mason, Student Life Advisor and genius will arm you with the tools to have a successful networking system to help build your confidence and help you when you are faced with an emergency situation such as; Your Power Greeting, Networking 101, 10 Things  You Should Do Before You Leave D.C, Building Your Resume, etc.

Living with your Roommates

Thursday, January 27, 2011

I hd never lived with anyone before TWC, so I was very cautious about having roommates and worried about how we would communicate. Unfortunately, you cannot prepare for the unexpected and it is best, whether you have never lived with roommates or you automatically feel as if you may need help communicating with them, that you should attend the “Living with your Roommates” session the first week of programming. This will allow you to get very helpful tips that will enable you to better communicate and understand your roommates.

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