So, I moved to DC for the summer at the beginning of June. That happened. To make things clearer, I’m currently interning at the Washington Foreign Press Center at the U.S. Department of State working on a whole bunch of intriguing projects, but I’m also participating in the Fund for American Studies. Essentially, it’s this program where you live in a college residence hall with a bunch of diverse, smart and wonderfully fun students. Oh yeah, and you take classes, attend lectures, meet with a mentor and learn all about economics and international affairs. I attend classes three nights a week after work, which is an extremely tiring experience. The other two nights, you ask? I consistently have ambitions that I’ll end up doing something super fun with the other interns, but I usually end up getting through a chapter and a half of a cheap murder mystery on my Kindle and then fall asleep around 10 p.m. It’s an exciting life.
That’s the basic run-down: Work. Class. Sleep. WOW that sounds dull. I swear, it’s been much more fun than I’m making it sound! I’ll prove it to you.
I’ve bought a succulent to decorate my office, eat delicious food every day from Trader Joe’s and even ordered a pizza for myself last night. I went out to delicious Peruvian food with a KU alum the other night and have been thoroughly enjoying the DC nightlife the one night a week I don’t fall asleep earlier than my grandmother. I haven’t yet graduated college, but I’ve been applying for various jobs, because why not? And I’ve been watching a glorious amount of Orange is the New Black, Game of Thrones, the Bachelorette and Veep. I even went on a night tour of the DC monuments and had my first mojito! If anyone remembers my fairly unhappy summer last year in DC, this is a full turnaround. I am loving this experience, though I miss my friends, family and dog like nobody’s business. If you are able to intern anywhere, DC is the place to be.