Seven Things to be Thankful For This Thanksgiving

Felippa blog

Posted by Matsui Washington Fellow Felippa Amanta

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I want to share my top seven things to be thankful for in Washington, D.C. In the midst of the busy weekdays, we often go by our day in such a rush that we forget to stop for a moment, take a breath, and appreciate what we have.

So this thanksgiving, I am thankful for…

Enjoying the Concert for Valor with the Capitol in the background

Enjoying the Concert for Valor with the Capitol in the background

1. Fun Friends

Friends are our support system, especially when we are far away from family. Friends often share common experiences, excitement and stress, enthusiasm and exhaustion. In this exploration of the new world of D.C., friends make that journey a little more special. Continue reading

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D.C. Is An International Political Playground

David blogPosted by Matsui Washington Fellow David Mkrtchian

For this blogpost, I would like to share two observations. The first is on my experience visiting New York this past weekend. The second is on my continuing internship in Washington, D.C.

New York

This past weekend I had the luxury of visiting New York again. This time I went to New York to visit my friends. And I noticed something about New York that I didn’t notice the last time. When you are walking around New York’s packed sidewalks, there is a sense in which a person’s unique individuality melts into the collective whole, an ectoplasm of people moving from one point to another. That sense of being one of many, I think, drives many of the behaviors that I observed this past time.

Bears at Times Square (the timing of this picture was purely coincidental, too!).

Bears at Times Square (the timing of this picture was purely coincidental, too!).

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