Final Projects and Goodbyes

Final Projects and Goodbyes

My final projects and work assignments are done, and I am spending the week at holiday parties or avoiding packing. I can't get enough of my roommates and friends this week, since I know soon I won't be seeing them every day. It is hard to focus on the packing and cleaning that needs to happen, and I keep finding myself buried in piles of un-packed clothes trying to find a way to fit my Belgian roommate into my suitcase, because I would rather bring her home than any of my clothes.


Ilse fitting into my suitcase

Not wanting to pack, but clearly needing to.


The last week here in D.C. has been very bittersweet. I can't wait to land in Minnesota, step out of the airport and remember what it feels like for my eyelashes to freeze in the 10 degree weather. I am more than ready to throw on my santa hat and go Christmas shopping with my family. But saying goodbye to my friends and coworkers will be tough. I was lucky enough to make some great friends while I was here including my amazing roommate Rachel who I knew before I got to TWC but I had no idea how awesome she is until this semester. I think that is one of the best parts of this program: you are exposed to so many different people that you otherwise never would have met or really gotten to know. When you get here take the time to get to know as many people as you can because they are what will make your time here memorable.


This is an older picture, but it shows one of my favorite things about D.C.: Since I've been here I could see at least part of the Capitol almost every day.


I do have some exciting news to share: I was given a second internship with the Office for Civil Rights, in their Boston office, for the Spring semester! It will certainly be an adjustment since I'm sure the offices operate differently, and I can't imagine doing this job without Jess, my cubicle-mate, to constantly distract me (and vice versa). Overall, I am so excited to continue working with OCR. It is the perfect internship for me and it has taught me so much, I look forward to learning even more from this work.


I wanted to share with you all some of the final projects that my friends and I worked so hard on these past few weeks. If you are an Emerson student you will most likely be asked to put together a final project, of your choice, to present to the class on the last day. Hopefully this will give you an idea of how different each project can be and how many different things students here are interested in.


I chose to make a website called "Know Your Rights". The goal was to create a site that tells people what their Civil Rights are, where they came from, and how they can defend them. I covered the policies and Supreme Court cases that determined the precedents for ethnicity, gender, and disability rights. I also offer some direction in regards to who you should contact if you feel your rights were violated. You can check out my site HERE.


Rachel and Britni also created a website for their final project. They chose to create a model non-profit that creates and donates hats to children with cancer. They researched companies that would sponsor them, determined what materials they would need and how they could offer classes, and profiled a few children they could help. Their website can be viewed HERE.


Ilse's project was for our Civic Engagement assignment, and I wanted to share it because I think it is a great example of another activity you can get involved with while you are here. Ilse worked on a city farm this semester called Common Good City Farm, and chose to create a video that they could use to advertise the farm and encourage people from the community to get involved. I am terrible with technology, so I have no idea how she did this, but it is awesome and definitley worth checking out:



I only have one post left before my blog ends. I will be writing to you for the last time from home in Minnesota as a reflection of my semester. I wanted to thank you all for reading my posts over the last 15 weeks. It has been a lot of fun documenting my time here!

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