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As I write this, it is now my second official snow day. As a California native who never really ventured to far from home, I must admit this is still all amazingly surprising and surreal, to say the least. The first time I saw snow was last week. I was so shocked I halted in my tracks in awe to...Read more about Uncharted Territory
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...Read more about Which Coast is Your Coast? A Comparison between NorCal and DC
Since I last wrote, my time in D.C. seems more eventful than what I thought it could possibly be. I have been tired often, however, it is actually really enjoyable to stay on my feet! As I said in my last post, my birthday passed and one of my best friends spent the week with me, which was such...Read more about Part III: Fast-Paced City Life
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...Read more about DC Musings
Since, I last wrote, things have changed - mainly, I no longer feel like a foreigner in the capital! Suddenly, I got into the swing of things…as if I always wake up at 6:30 a.m. for work, or that I always come home and chef up dinner as well as lunch for the next day, or that my office has...Read more about Part II: Getting in the Swing of Things
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...Read more about Life in the Fast Lane
Part One -- Arriving in a New Place & Discovery of a New Space!
The days leading up to my departure seem so surreal… Between classes, final projects, and preparations for my trip, I haven’t had the time to sit and think about the fact that I will be relocating in a few days....Read more about Navigating the Capital: Tales of Ozi in DC
Well, here we are. It’s now April 2015, the final month that I’m in our nation’s capital. Rather than recount everything that has happened to me in the past few weeks since my last post, I’d like to reflect on my time here and things that I’ve learned. But first, an obligatory aside about the...Read more about Law, Public Service & Cherry Blossoms: Final Thoughts on D.C.
The prolonged winter in DC is over. This past week, the temperature has consistently been around 60F. And the once chilly and aloof DC starts to strike people with its cuteness by offering thousands of cherry blossoms and magnolias.
After work, I took a walk at the Washington Monument...Read more about Fifty Shades of DC
I last left off with my plans for attending CPAC, the Conservative Political Action Conference, in Maryland. Boy, was that fun! Out of the 4 days it was around (Wednesday-Saturday), I was present for 3 of them. On Thursday, I got to meet my favorite Senator and presidential hopeful, Rand Paul....Read more about New Adventures, Familiar Faces
The Library of Congress was one of the biggest incentives behind my UCDC application. As my work at the Wilson Center is picking up, I have become a frequent patron of the LOC. A good thing about working in a think tank is the flexibility of your schedule. Unlike my friends who work, say, at the...Read more about User Guide to the Library of Congress
The past few weeks have been a little rough. I’ve been trying to shake off a persisting cold, to little avail. On top of that, applying for jobs takes up a great deal of my time, in addition to scholarly pursuits here at the UC Center. Finally, I made an obligatory excursion to the United States...Read more about Somber Past, Bright Future
I never realized how much I had been enslaved to my cell phone until three weeks ago. I went skiing in Maryland--- Yes, they do have a couple of ski resorts around D.C., nothing like Lake Tahoe, though --- with three friends from UCDC, and accidentally gave my cell phone a mountain funeral....Read more about Going Primitive in D.C.
It’s 1P.M. on January 4th. I walk off my connecting flight from Detroit, Michigan (where it was a harsh 8 degrees) to the Dulles Airport terminals. Despite not having slept for 30 hours, I’m excited and anxious. Three hours later, I finally arrive at the U.C. Washington Center....Read more about Learning about Learning: Education Policy and Washington, D.C.
A Berkeley professor once shared with me her impression about D.C. She was invited over to the capital as an Asia expert, where she and professors from other universities were given a tour of the State Department, where they met with some government officials responsible for drafting...Read more about From Passive Berkeley to Dynamic DC - My First Days in Washington
I just recently left the nation’s capitol, in a whirlwind of work that left me exhausted but content. I thought I would share my concluding thoughts on D.C.
I arrived in D.C. with very little in the way of expectations. But I left D.C. with a desire to return to policy making soon. One of...Read more about A Farewell to D.C.
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...Read more about Seven Things to be Thankful for This Thanksgiving
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.
This past weekend I had the luxury of visiting New York again. This...Read more about D.C. Is An International Political Playground
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