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...
telescope photo by flickr user vivekthakyal
04/06/2016
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...
Union Station, DC by Jeffrey Zeldman
03/23/2016
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...

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