Seven Things to be Thankful For This Thanksgiving

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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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A Brown Bag Lunch with Secretary Arne Duncan

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Posted by Matsui Washington Fellow Felippa Amanta

Felippa with Arne DuncanLast Friday afternoon, October 17, I had the honor of being up close and personal with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Since the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders is housed under the Department of Education, the interns are also subject to the Department of Education’s internship program. Other than exciting tours around the city and exhilarating happy hours, the program also provides opportunities to attend insightful brown bag lunches with various people at the Department, including Secretary Duncan himself. Continue reading

A Whole New World

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Posted by Matsui Washington Fellow Felippa Amanta

I hit the ground running in Washington, D.C. I arrived in Washington late Sunday night, spent Monday settling in to the apartment, started class on Tuesday, and went to my first day of work on Wednesday at the White House Initiative on Asian American and Pacific Islanders. From that point on, it has been a sprint and I love every second of it. Which brings us to today. Today marks the first month of my internship, so I took a moment to reflect back on the crazy ride. Continue reading