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Right after my summer classes ended on August 12th, I jumped straight into finishing The West Wing, starting House of Cards and watching re-runs of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. I watched as much political TV shows as my body could handle to properly amp myself up for my semester in DC. I...Read more about Welcome to Wherever You Are
Matt Steven steps to the free-throw line and dribbles a basketball he cannot see. The ball bounces. Once clank. Another clank. A moment later it sails from his hands, hits off the backboard, and bangs...Read more about For Love of the Game: Include People with Disabilities in Sports
As I’m writing this, I’m in Jersey City in a hotel with my family with a perfect view of the Manhattan Skyline. This little vay-cay that I’ve attached to the end of my time in D.C. has made me realize that this program is so much more than just about my own experience – its about opportunity for...Read more about Reflections, Realizations, and Advice
Since my last post, I’ve had the privilege of taking part in some pretty unique and exciting experiences! I visited Japan for nine days as a student ambassador through the Japanese American Citizen’s League (JACL), witnessed DC’s cherry blossoms in peak bloom, listened to Czech Prime Minister...Read more about Looking Forward
Last week was the last week of the program for the UCDC quarter students (basically everyone except for Berkeley, Merced, and the private schools). This just so happened to be the first week in the last three months where the temperatures broke 70°F. That is to say that last week was filled with...Read more about Constantly Transitioning
Networking is one of D.C.’s most widely practiced professional tools, manifesting itself in the form of grandiose dinners, public events, and laid-back happy hours all throughout the city. Theoretically, networking sounds simple: you walk into a room, have your little professional spiel ready,...Read more about Four Tips to Network Without Losing Your Sense of Self
This week at the Department of Education there are four hearing regarding the recently released 2017 budget, as well as acting Secretary John King’s confirmation hearing. Working in the legislative affairs department, this essentially means an incredible amount of preparation and a lot of...Read more about The D.C. Bubble
Five weeks into my DC journey, and I’m still going strong! I’ve learned to work a room at a networking event, strike a balance between my internship and classes, and aimlessly wander around the city without finding myself helplessly lost. Having also recently learned how to adjust to...Read more about Climbing the Social Ladder: What Gets Left Behind?
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
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