Home Institution: Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
Internship Site: US Senate
Program: Political Leadership
As I type this, I can barely believe that it is August. Internships have ended. Classes are over. Grades are coming in. We are all alumni of The Washington Center. It's really hard to wrap my mind around. It seems like only yesterday that I was putting up my first entry about the struggle it was to get here. And now as I type my last, I am reminded of what an amazing summer this has truly been. So many new doors have been opened for me. I've made friends that will last a lifetime. And I feel that I have grown as a person more than in any other summer of my undergraduate career.
I think the title here pretty much speaks for itself. And even if it didn't, something tells me I just shouldn't clarify or discuss it anymore. Anyways, as the summer starts to wrap up, you really start to think of all the things you didn't do. For me, the list seemed pretty long because DC really is just that big. I am proud to say that I made it to every single Smithsonian, even though Air & Space really just isn't for me as I've said before. However, it suddenly dawned on me that I hadn't been to the one place everyone has been mentioning all summer.
I knew that title would grab your entry, because the lack of pictures in this entry was sure to drive you away very fast. Have no fear though! I felt compelled to write this entry because I haven't really offered enough about the Hill or working in D.C. Obviously, that's a major reason I'm here and probably why you're even reading this to begin with. Sadly, I can't really offer pictures with this subject matter. But what's a picture really worth anyways? I'll spare you the thousand words and cut right to the chase.
No doubt, whether you're here in DC or somewhere else in the country, you have noticed that the average temperature around here in the past week has been around 100 degrees. You know it's a scorcher of a summer when 80 degrees feels like somebody turned the air conditioning on. Thus, I'm sure you can imagine my absolute joy at wearing a suit and tie to work every day of the week. Five minutes outside looks like you've just spent an hour in a swimming pool. So, like any good intern, I've learned to keep the tie and jacket off until you reach the workplace and to avoid hot coffee.
Looking at some of these past entries, I have realized that I have completely failed at keeping you adequately informed about my internship on Capitol Hill. You know the city and its museums just about as well as I do by now! Have no fear, that information will keep coming. In fact, you're free to just scroll right on down to the next paragraph if you'd like to skip my little intern blurb. Essentially, my internship has been full of shocks and surprises. Seeing, experiencing, and networking can best sum it up I suppose.
Last week marks the middle of my summer term with The Washington Center. It's right about now that I've started wondering why it seems like only yesterday that I was filling out the application and awaiting acceptance. Heck, it seems like only a few hours ago that I was sitting in orientation with all my fellow Political Leadership comrades. We were all just starting out! And now, we are less than a month from being alumni. With that said, I think I want to take a minute to reflect on a couple highlights of the summer thus far.
It seems hard to believe, but I just celebrated the 4th of July in Washington D.C. I say this not only because is it the first time I have ever been here on or even near Independence Day, but also because I can't believe it's July already. Where has the time gone? I'm not sure I know myself. I suppose one just stays so busy that it all starts to blend together. I can tell you, though, that this past weekend was among the most amazing yet.
I am sure up to this point you may be asking yourself why am I here and what am I doing. And even if you aren't, well, I just feel the need to clarify here. I in fact do have an internship and have not spent every single day sightseeing. Though, as I've said, that is very much a possibility with the amount there is to do in this city. But as I was saying, I am indeed working a solid 9-5 job here in the city. And on Capitol Hill nonetheless! Want some proof? Look no farther than just below.
Well, after my most recent entry that took a shot at "debunking" some common misconceptions of the city, I think this one should come as no surprise. I'll warn you that it might be a bit short and a tad droll, but I think you'll appreciate it regardless! I say this because I don't recall reading such a blog like this before arriving, so just count those lucky stars. And even if you're reading for fun, well then I think you'll just enjoy the part where I just wander about the city on the first day of work.
Readers, I can assure you that I was incredibly excited to get to D.C. Heck, I think anyone looking forward to spending a summer in D.C. would shake with anticipation. Even though Western Massachusetts is lovely and all, I think we can all just about agree that it's not Washington D.C. I won't leave that really open for debate, sorry! But, I digress. What I'm getting at here is that there is a lot of excitement for sure, but there is also a lot of expectation. It consists of, but is not limited to thoughts such as: