I spent my last night in DC eating Ethiopian food with my intern friends, and the weather was mild enough for my friend and I to take a stroll around Embassy Row, the Potomac River, and Georgetown. Between saying goodbyes to friends, working on term papers, and wrapping up my internship, it wasn’t until my last day in DC when I realized how much I would miss being able to walk around the National Mall everyday, live a few blocks away from the White House, stop by the numerous Smithsonian museums at a moment’s notice, and immerse myself in the DC atmosphere. Continue reading
In the past few months, a lot of my peers at the UCDC program and myself included have been debating between staying in the Bay Area after graduation, soaking under the glorious year-around sun and eating 99-cent avocados, or moving to the East Coast, experiencing actual seasons and living a more fast-paced life.
Alas, I thought I would write about something different this month. Since I have been in DC for almost three months, that makes me a semi-expert, right? Here is my comparison of DC and NorCal that might offer some suggestions if you ever consider living in DC! Continue reading
I cannot believe that an entire month has passed since my last blog. Time sure flies by quickly around here! Many exciting things have happened since the end of September, and I am happy to say that I am really starting to like this city. Sometimes (and at the risk of being slightly creepy), as I pass by quaint little apartments lined up neatly on the streets with their fancy fall decorations, I can even imagine myself living and working here in the near future.
Compared to my life at Berkeley, where I have the regular schedule of going to lectures, sitting at FSM for hours, attending club meetings, and hanging out with friends, life in DC feels a lot more exciting as my schedule is a lot more unstructured and unpredictable. Sometimes I would hear about an interesting conference 30 minutes before it starts and attend it spontaneously, and sometimes my friends and I would suddenly decide to go on serendipitous outings. Continue reading
To be honest, when I first landed at the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, I really did not have a clear idea of or much expectation about how my semester in D.C. would unfold–after all, I have never been to America’s national capital or seen much of the East Coast at all. But fast forward a month, I think my life in D.C. has unraveled in the luckiest way possible so far–I am absolutely loving my internship at the Wilson Center and got the chance to explore many facets of D.C. through going on food adventures, attending incredible seminars and talks, and exploring museums/being an overzealous tourist in general.
As someone who is thinking about going to graduate school, I wanted to learn more about scholarly research by interning at an academic think tank. And my internship at the Wilson Center is really facilitating my interest so far. I spend my internship days reading cool primary sources such as Chinese newspaper clippings from the 1970s, discussing and exchanging ideas with scholars, and summarizing reading materials. It also feels great to be surrounded by other friendly interns at the Center who have similar interests. Being in a think tank, I’ve had the chance to attend many seminars and talks on topics ranging from law reform to the Iran Deal to U.S.-Spanish counterteorrism cooperation (featuring the King of Spain!).