Second Impressions

Second Impressions

Hello, all!

It’s been nearly a month since I arrived in Washington, D.C., tired, sore and jet-lagged. Time goes by pretty fast, especially when you’re trying to adjust to a new neighborhood, intern and play tourist at the same time. I’ve posted a ‘prologue’ to this blog, something I’d been writing out ever since I got accepted onto the blog team, but this is actually my first post. And as in proper ‘firsts,’ introductions come first.

My name is Eun Young, but my roommate tends to call me En. I mean, I totally understand; my name can be a mouthful to pronounce for people who don’t speak the language. I come from Seoul, Korea, where I am currently am on leave of absence from my junior year at Seoul National University. My majors are Economics and International Relations, which is why this semester, I’ve come to D.C. to intern at the Economic Section at the Korean Embassy. So far, I’ve been having a ball.

Everyone says that first impressions are the most important but I, on the other hand, happen to like second impressions. D.C. wasn’t an exception to this rule. If it were only the first impressions I’d had, I would already have packed my bags and gone home on the first flight I could catch. But things weren’t as terrible as they seemed in those first few days. The embassy, which I was terrified of on first day, is just another busy workplace with very nice, agreeable people who are teaching me so many things. The TWC program, which turned out in our first orientations to be far more demanding than I’d thought, is keep-up-able.

Since our blog postings are over a month behind, I thought I'd just touch on some things that we've been going through this month:

The Internship

Four words: I LOVE my internship. As I'd mentioned, I was terrified of my workplace on the first day (and the whole first week, for that matter) but things are turning out fine and I enjoy every moment I spend at the embassy. Sure, I carry out normal intern-ish duties such as copying and distributing material, filing and such, but I am learning a lot in the field I am interested in through some of the tasks that are given to me. I am already afraid that I'll feel empty when the next two months are over.

Monday Programming

TWC interns have half day workdays on Mondays. In the Global Trade and Regional Integration Program, which I'm in, we get the whole day off. But that doesn't mean we get to rest-we have TWC programming. We listen to talks from professionals in various fields, once we had a Career Boot Camp. Most of these programs are surprisingly interesting and helpful; some of them (honestly) can get a little boring. Nonetheless, the advice and wisdom, the knowledge in these lectures are amazing and definitely one of my favorite parts of the week.

Exploring DC and beyond

DC, as I'd anticipated, has so much to explore. Everybody around me is exploring away-going to museums, street festivals, events and whatnot. I, unfortunately, haven't had a chance to do so because of some things that came up. (I did, however, go on a weekend trip to New York City.) I definitely will be going on some DC adventures myself, and will try to share them with you.

The RAF (Residential and Academic Facility)

This post is getting pretty lengthy, but I suddenly wanted to mention the RAF. The apartment I’ve been assigned to is rather small compared to those at the end of the hall, but it has a much more full and warm feeling for that matter. I’ve been blessed with incredibly understanding roommates who can (or at least, are pretending to :P) stand all the Korean food I’ve been eating. I’ve also found a great Korean friend who’s there to hang out with me all the time. So all in all, everything's great. For anyone who’s curious, I will be posting some pictures of our very lived-in apartment in future entries.

Coming to the States from halfway across the globe can be (and it was, for me) a big step to take but as you can see and as my roommate Hilary likes to say, “You’ll be fine.” More detailed and organized entries, coming soon!

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