再见, до свидания, tạm biệt, adios, afscheid, näkemiin, au revoir, अलविदा, さようなら, selamat tinggal, adeus, farewell

再见, до свидания, tạm biệt, adios, afscheid, näkemiin, au revoir, अलविदा, さようなら, selamat tinggal, adeus, farewell

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. It has awakened a passion for advocacy, justice and helped me gain the confidence needed to take on issues in their regard.  Without this experience, I’m not sure if i would have ever noticed how much I have to offer this world.

For that I would like to take this opportunity, in true southern tradition, to thank a few select people who helped me during this journey;

My new Washington Center Alumni for Fall 2010! We made it!

Mr. Howard Nunn & Mrs. Daphne Nunn, you both seem to always support whatever new out of state idea I have to further my education!

Dr. Carolyn Williams & LT Williams, you've been my mentors and I appreciate your help throughout my collegiate years, therefore I’ll see you back on campus, January 3.

Amanda Raymond, I know it’s your job help your TWC interns, but I can’t thank you enough for offereing kind words, gentle suggestions and generally being there to pick up the phone! You are awesome, and I TWC is very fortunate to have you!

Andrea Barron, you’re a tough cookie with a fire-pit of passion for advocacy! I feel very blessed getting to work with you.

Carolyn Slenska, you’re more than just a Internship Supervisor and Investigator, you keep the ball rolling in that office and will quickly come to rescue of any of your interns. I couldn’t have asked for a better D.C mom!

Dr. and Mrs. Peter and Shelly Mehl, How you both stay calm with a ranting and often frantic college student's constant e-mails, I will never know. But thank you for your patience and constant support for all University of Central Arkansas Students! Go UCA, Go College of Liberal Arts!

The Crew:

Jennifer Black (Little Nature/Agent Black), Tara Emery (Alpha Female), Osamu Wantanabe (O-moo,saa,moo), Monette Buchanan (Mo), Brent Rieter (Agent Jager Bomb), Patrick Russell (John Lennon), Jordan Heidel (Agent Heidel); you guys made it one heck of a ride! I’m fortunate to have made friends like you. Each of you are unique and special to me, and I look foward to watching our friendships blossom! I couldn’t have done this without your support.

My friends and family, as always you have been a support system for me and I am very fortunate for you all. I would be nothing without my family and I am blessed beyond reason to have group of people to learn and grown with!

Greater Pleasant Branch, Missionary Baptist Church, thanks for keeping in your prayers and I have been blessed by this experience!

As you can see, from my list of "thank yous," some of them are from home and some of them are newly attained from contacts with whom I've formed bonds here in D.C. This experience is life changing and truly an adventure. I sincerely hope that this blog has provided a few laughs and piqued your interests in The Washington Center as well as answered some of your questions. I know that without this internship, I more than likely would’ve have stayed in Arkansas and maybe ended up working for the city. Instead, my mind has been expanded to new heights and I am no longer afraid to inquire about new things. I am culturally awakened and feel prepared for the future, for the most part. I can’t help but look back and feel grateful for everythign that has happened during my stay, both good and bad. I feel as if I have utilized  tools and opportunities presented to me and have little regrets. So, I leave D.C, having gained a new family and support system there, with hope in my eyes and humbleness in my heart for having this opportunity.

Best Wishes,

Dominique Alford

University of Central Arkansas

Law and Criminal Justice Washington Center Alumna '10

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