Change Makes the Pilgrimage to DC

One aspect of Washington D.C. culture that has peaked my interest during my time here is the revolutionary spirit of those who journey to the district. As the nation’s capital, DC is the site where many from across the country and globe pilgrimage as a form of political expression in the hope of spurring politicians…

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Networking in Washington DC

Since being in DC, I have rarely felt like an outsider because as an American I feel an intrinsic connection to the city and as someone born in Baltimore, Maryland I have been here many times throughout my childhood so it feels familiar. It is however strange to be in certain political or business settings…

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First Couple of Weeks in Washington D.C.

I wanted to do the Washington Semester Program at American University because I felt that the immersive experience would really benefit my career in the long run, especially considering there was an internship aspect. I have traveled abroad before. I’ve visited parts of Europe mostly but these were only for 10-day installments during high school….

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Reflecting on a Semester in the Capital

Before I left for Washington, D.C. this past August, I was asked to write a blog post reflecting on my perceptions of my own views and identity and more importantly how these views and identity impact my perceptions of others and worldview. Before leaving for my semester away, I thought I was fairly set in…

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Final Days in the District

I am just a few short days away from completing my semester studying American Politics here in Washington, D.C. In the last several weeks since my last post, I have had many wonderful experiences and have taken advantage of many opportunities. In the past couple months, I have taken a trip with friends to Philadelphia,…

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Apples, Waterfalls, and Diplomats

It has been a hectic and fun-filled couple of weeks up here in Washington. Time is flying by, the leaves are falling, and temperatures are dropping. Fall is officially here in full swing and I have been hard at work in the office, in the classroom, and most importantly outdoors! In the last few weeks…

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New Places, New People

Today marks a month since I moved to D.C. and needless to say I’m having a great time. In just four weeks I’ve gotten to know the area, started my classes and internship, visited museums, gone out with friends, and become adjusted to living alone. So far, moving to the capital city has been a…

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Capital Bound

Over the past couple years, I have been blessed with the opportunity to study politics at Rollins with the help of faculty and peers, but now I find myself at the beginning of an even greater opportunity to experience American politics in action. Four days from now I will travel 850 miles north to our nation’s…

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Post-Midterm Blog

I’m about two thirds of the way through my semester and things are still as busy as ever, probably even more so. At this point, everyone is focused on getting as much out of their DC experience as possible while also getting good grades. Luckily, I did well on my midterm in the Justice &…

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Playing Catch Up

On a lot of things, actually. This blog, for starters, I haven’t updated in almost two weeks, almost an eternity, seeing that so much has happened. I met David Martin from “60 Minutes,” Emily Yoffe from Slate and The Atlantic, and Didi Schanche from NPR, Marty Barron from the Washington Post, and Dean Banquet from the New York Times; I…

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