Farewell for Now.

Farewell for Now.

This is it. It's officially my last day in Washington D.C. Well, for that matter, it's my last day in the U.S., too. I'm leaving town in 4 hours. I apologize for not being able to update sooner, but things have been crazy with finals, portfolios and other whatnot. I've spent the whole last day cleaning down the apartment, too, which wasn't an easy feat. Come to TWC next semester and you'll see what the end-of-semester is like.

After all this hard work, I'm glad I'm going home, but I'm not glad I'm leaving. You may point out the self contradiction, but this last week is one with very mixed feelings. Well. Before I go into my 'final remarks' and become reminescent, first, let me update you very briefly on some things that have been going on since my last post.

Federal Reserve Tour

On the Monday right after Thanksgiving weekend, I was lucky to visit the Federal Reserve. Being an econ major who (thinks she) wants to work in economic policy, it was an amazing experience. We were able to see and hear about how the reserve works, sat in the board meeting room, and got shredded bills as a souvenior. This unofficial and not-mandatory tour was my favorite of Monday programmings - thanks again to my program advisor Sonia Ziade for setting the tour up.

Pentagon Tour

It wasn't as exciting as the title looks. It was more of a corridor tour. But the fact that I'd actually been able to get inside the building was very impressing. I also picked up some random facts about American history, too.

KOTRA Meeting

There are a surprisingly large  number of Korean organization offices in Washington D.C. Thanks to my good friend Arion and his connections, the Korean students of the Global Trade and Regional Integration Program were able to visit KOTRA's Washington office. We learned a lot about the development of the Korean economy and the discussion was very interesting.

Commencement

This Monday, we officially ended our program in D.C. We had a nice gathering at commencement with inspiring speakers who wished us luck on our futures, a nice gathering together for our program group, and...that was it. It was kind of a hollow ending.

Commencement

Global Trade Group!

(Our Global Trade Group! Small but select. Haha.)

Nevertheless, all in all, things wrapped up pretty well.I can't describe in words the experience that I've had here in Washington D.C., the people and friends I've met, and the things I've learned. You've just got to come and see for yourself. I was close to tears on my last day at my internship, and I don't know how I will get over not walking up Embassy Row and going to work next Monday after doing it for the last 15 weeks. I can tell you, an internship in Washington D.C.is well worth the time, whatever it may be. This was definitely a turning point in my life, and I will cherish these memories forever (I know, I know, this sounds corny, but sometimes you just have to have corny endings)

Thanks to anyone who followed my blog this semester, came across it at least once, or just visited. You kept my writing and English going strong!

Ahn-nyeong-hee-ge-se-yo! (Good bye in Korean. Bye.)

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