I cannot believe my third month in the city is over, I guess time really flies when you are having fun! March was filled with family and friends’ visits, I had so much fun pretending to be a local and showing everyone my favorite spots in the city. You would think after three months of using the metro I would be an expert but I managed to get us lost more times than I’m willing to admit.
Motivated by the slightly warmer weather, I decided to adventure into exploring Arlington and Alexandria. The beautiful architecture and breathtaking views consolidated my love for the east coast.
My internship program has been amazing, every day I get new learning opportunities that challenge me and force me to step out of my comfort zone. My coworkers are some of the most generous people I have ever met, learning about their careers and experiences is helpful and inspiring.
D.C. is slowly coming back to life, the capitol finally took down some of the fencing so I was able to run around the beautiful fountains. Being able to take walks around the cherry blossoms and national mall almost every day still feels like a dream, I am extremely grateful to the Bauer College for this amazing opportunity!
My third month in D.C. has flown by as I become more engrossed in my internship and exploring the city. Realizing that I only have two more months in the city, I went on tons of excursions as the weather warmed up.
I started March off wandering around City Centre and Lincoln Memorial, where I saw Savannah Guthrie and Lester Holt covering the pandemic’s one-year anniversary. The next weekend, I visited the National Harbor and old Alexandria, Virginia, with some other fellows. Heading out of the city, my roommate and I took the train to Baltimore for a day trip. We ran around the city, going from the Walters Art Museum to Fells Point to Federal Hill Park. The next day we stayed in D.C. at the National Museum of the Women in the Arts Museum. It had terrific pieces from their personal collection and an exhibit for artist Sonya Clark: Tatter, Bristle, and Mend.
I’ve indulged the vast restaurant scene by checking out places like Milk Bar and iconic Duke’s Grocery with my roommates. I even tried Afghani food for the first time at Lapis with one of my roomies for their birthday. In addition, during my independent excursions, I could be caught snacking on Jubilee Ice Cream in the glow of Navy Yard and Cuban food at the Wharf.
As spring rounded the corner, I saw as the cherry blossom season exploded. Seeing the beautiful cherry blossoms surrounding the Tidal Basin, FDR Memorial, and MLK Memorial was amazing. My flower exploration continued during my visit to Congressional Cemetery near the Anacostia River. Lastly, I took in some interactive digital art at ARTECHOUSE for the annual Cherry Blossom exhibit.
The realization that March was our last full month in Washington D.C. led to an increase in activity: we all had a bucket list, and we needed to get through it before it was too late. Consequently, it was both the busiest and best month so far. My sister came to visit and together we saw the monuments, wandered Arlington Cemetery, and got caught in the pouring rain while searching for budding cherry blossoms. On her last day in the city, the barriers surrounding the Capitol came down, and we finally saw the Supreme Court, Library of Congress, and more from a close proximity; for the first time, our view of history wasn’t blocked by barbed wire and armed officers.
As an art fanatic, I was thrilled to see the National Museum of Women in the Arts was opened to the public, and I spent some time admiring exhibitions that celebrated womanhood and reflected on the Black American experience. With the warmer weather came more activity: an Irish dancing contest brought life into Old Town Alexandria, an eclectic group of musicians performed on the street and infused jazz and rock sounds, and the National Mall grew packed with tourists and locals flying kites, playing catch with dogs, and protesting governmental injustice. Most unexpectedly, we were on the news (in the far background, sure, but still within the frame!) as Chris Hayes gave the one year anniversary COVID-19 special at the Lincoln Memorial on MSNBC.
With less than a month left, there is more pressure than ever to see everything I possibly can in this beautiful, vibrant city before we return home. I am excited to see what D.C. has left in store!
Cherry blossoms are here and that means it is time for spring.
My work with the Quincy Institute has picked up dramatically and I am loving every second of it. I am in the process of drafting an article to be published on Responsible Statecraft, which would be my first publication!
Outside of work, it failed to dawn on me that there are only about three weeks left to my time here in Washington. Because of that sudden rush of urgency, I am planning last minute adventures to Virginia, re-visiting my favorite spots, and taking long leisurely walks around the apartment in an effort to finish soaking it all in.
I look forward to my final three weeks in D.C., returning to Houston for graduation (woohoo!), and sharing my final thoughts on Bauer in D.C. with you all.
This month, similar to February, the main focus I had was continuing to work hard in my internship. My role entails responding to constituent phone calls and emails, drafting letters in response to legislative issues, researching various political topics, communicating with other House Representative offices, and writing letters to other government institutions like the CDC, Texas Governor’s office, the White House, and many others.
As I have gone through over two full months as a legislative intern for Representative Sylvia Garcia’s D.C. office, I have thoroughly enjoyed being part of such an up-and-coming office. I mentioned this last month but being able to be so involved in the political process has allowed me to be so well-informed and knowledgeable about the ongoing of our federal government which has been one of the best experiences of this program.
Going forward into April, I am very excited to begin properly networking with Bauer alumni, finishing my internship strong, and of course, to enjoy the great weather that D.C. offers!
I truly cannot believe another month has flown by, and we are already at the end of March. I only have three weeks left in D.C., which is absolutely mind-boggling to me. This month, I took advantage of every breathing moment, and explored every corner of the city that I possibly could, but I still feel like there is so much to do, with so little time!
This month, my roommates and I went to National Harbor, Old Town Alexandria, the Eastern Farmers Market, the Lincoln Memorial (where we saw Lester Holt & Savannah Guthrie doing a news segment, my first celebrity sighting!), Baltimore, and ArtecHouse, to name a few. We thoroughly took advantage of every single moment, and every day, I feel more and more like a native in the District. My internship has also kept me busy this month, but I have been doing meaningful work, so I don’t mind.
I am excited to see what April has in store! If it is anything like March, it will indeed be busy, but given that we only have a couple more weeks, I hope to explore every single corner that the city has to offer.