What's happening in D.C.?

What makes DC an interesting place to live?  As the capital of the nation, the government has a big impact on the region. Also, scandals, politcal demonstrations, and daily proceedings on Capitol Hill are few of the happenings that make headlines in DC everyday. In almost every part of the world, eyes are watching the constantly changing political climate in the nation. Unless you are a hermit, or just have no interest in the world, you may have come across some drama regarding Occupy  Wall Street Protests or Obama's Jobs Act on the news recently. Or maybe it's just American drama.. What's even happening in Canada right now?! There's just something about American politics that sucks you in, and not necessarily by choice, either. It's like when your friends are discussing the latest episode of some American fad in television, say Desperate Housewives or Jersey Shore? And although you don't watch the show, you happen to know the names of all the characters and exactly what they look like... you sometimes find yourself contributing to the gossip. In all fairness, you can't avoid being thrust into politics in DC, and especially not if you work at a lobbying firm and have a roommate who interns at Politico.


Political demonstrations are prevalent in DC, and working in the center of the city I've witnessed a few first hand. Standing next to them, the intensity from the protestors is palpable. So what are the protestors at McPherson Square's ultimate goals and what do these individuals hope to gain from this? This is a commonly asked question, and you can get a variety of answers. The movement has spread to over 80 countries, Canada included. Read this for some interesing insight though: Here's What The Wall Street Protesters Are So Angry About...

And of course, in a demonstration of this nature, America's very own Ralph Nader swung by to check it out.


Half Way Home

We have already passed the half-way mark on this journey, but it feels as though there are a million things that still need to be done before this program is over. To be honest, I've barely touched on the goals in my individual development plan (IDP) set not too long ago, but the weekends seem to get shorter and shorter. And of course, you start to reflect on all the things you have already achieved, and how to speed up the rest. So how do you manage to juggle a full-time job, a course, civic engagement, eating, sleeping in on the weekends, keeping up with your goals, seeing all of the capital, and making sure you hit up all the bars on K Street in less than 4 months? Well, the easiest thing you can do is procrastinate on the least fun of them, and go with the flow on the rest. But that's not very good advice is it?


Time management is an important skill you will gain here and undoubtedly one that most people will identify as a goal on their IDP.  Some of the things you should start thinking about before arriving in DC in order to prepare for your IDP, as well as your purpose here in general, is what you want to develop in terms of your personal, professional and academic goals. I certainly feel that it would be really helpful to have an idea before you get here. You're probably wondering what I'm talking about when I say IDP... sorry if I've confused you. Essentially, you'll be required to submit a portfolio to your advisors at TWC, which will be sent to your liaison from home. Your IDP will be a written assignment outlining all of the goals I mentioned above as well as how you plan on achieving them. You'll also be reflecting upon them throughout the semester through your weekly written reflections that you also need to submit.


Besides the serious stuff, the city needs to be explored. If you've read my last couple of blogs, you'll know that I'm a fan of bubble tea and I'm sure that many of you are too! Especially,  the international students from Asia!  And if you aren't... then I suggest exposing yourself to it! Sharon, Di and I had a long journey on Saturday to Eden Center where we spent all morning eating... and buying groceries. It's a bit far but a fun place if you love Asian goodies, like food and snacks. Eden Center is located about ten blocks off the East Falls Church stop on the orange line. Once you get off the Metro, cabs will be lined on the street. It's only ten blocks if you want to walk but otherwise it's about a $7 cab ride.


After several failed attempts, we finally found a place with decent bubble tea.

And other goodies...

By the time I remembered to take a picture of the food, we'd already eaten everything...




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