flags of different countries blowing in the wind
04/28/2017
Note: The views expressed in this blog post are those of the author and do not reflect the official policy or position of the U.S. Department of State or the U.S. Government. I have spent much of the past several months thinking about the role of human rights in U.S. foreign policy. And I am far...
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03/27/2017
With less than a month left until I return home, I have been doing some reflection on my time in D.C. As a student who grew next door in Oakland, and attended Berkeley City College before transferring to UC Berkeley, UCDC has been my only “away-from-home experience”. I was definitely wary of...
drone hovering with pilot in background
03/16/2017
Foresight. That is what effective policymaking is all about. A lawmaker must foresee as many implications as she can so 10 steps into her legislative journey she will not stumble over the footprint she left with her first step. The same is true of a judge. Yes, judges interpret existing law, but...
julie no in snow in DC
03/07/2017
Being from California my entire life, moving to DC was something I eagerly looked forward to. There were many firsts I would encounter including moving to a city where I did not know anyone. Although I didn’t know what to expect, I have been pleasantly surprised everyday. The month of February has...
Nancy Pelosi with Lydia Xia
01/27/2017
My time in DC passed like a blink of an eye. It only seemed like yesterday it was August and now the program is about to end in 2 days. I will admit I’m dreading the end not only because all the wonders in DC I have yet to experience but also, I have two final papers due in 48 hours. I guess even...
photo of Berkeley Bear button with White House in background
11/21/2016
November 10, 2016. 11:31 AM ET I can’t even speak right now. It is 2 days after November 8th and I am still in shock. I will not be able to truly come to terms with the fact that a Trump presidency is now our reality until Trump actually leaves office. The past 48 hours has been a whirlwind...
Space shuttle Discovery at Air and Space Museum Udvar-Hazy Center
10/21/2016
For all D.C. lacks in the weather department, it is one of the best cities for museums! As my roommates and I continue to explore the city, it is clear that we live next to some pretty amazing museums and monuments. I’d like to take this post to share a few of my favorite (and unexpected) museums...
Hillary Clinton having a good time at the debate (I was too!).
10/05/2016
As the presidential election gets closer, I’d like to remind everyone to go register to vote! Almost everything is riding on this election. I watched the presidential debate and thoroughly enjoyed the slow deterioration of Donald Trump’s ability to hold his composure for 10 minutes as much as...
A view from Federal Hill in Baltimore. As you overlook the harbor, you can tell why they call it Charm City.
09/23/2016
On my way from the airport to the UCDC center, I soon realized that I would be spending this fall semester in a totally different part of the country. Being born and raised in Southern California, the East Coast looks and feels very different. The amount of greenery was almost unnerving. While I do...
The White House
09/06/2016
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 couldn...

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