Sunday, February 1, 2009

Ooooh I Can’t Believe It!

Sorry folks, technical difficulties… Here’s my blog about my few days in DC!

Wednesday, January 28

The day had finally arrived and I couldn’t wait to get started. My flight was scheduled for 7:00 a.m. but because of the rain, ice and snow in the DC area, we were delayed for about an hour. I made it to Baltimore at about 1:00 p.m. and took a shuttle bus to my new residence for the semester. The apartments are called Grosvenor Tower, located in North Bethesda, Maryland. After checking into my apartment, I met my new roommate, Brittany. She’s from Boston and goes to school at the University of Massachusetts. She’s really nice and was helpful in getting me familiar with the area. Later that day, there was a building meeting for all the TWC students. I made some friends that attend Delaware State University; we’re in the same program (Media & Communications) and have class together. After a long day, I was still excited because I couldn’t believe that I was actually here and couldn’t wait for the next day.

Thursday, January 29

The first day of orientation for all the Media & Communications interns. Taking the train is common for people in the DC area. On the way to orientation it was my first time in a subway and riding on a train. I found out pretty quickly to stand to the right when using the escalators because people will just about run you over, trying to get by. Orientation went pretty good and didn’t last too long. I met a guy from Korea; he said his flight to DC was 24 hours and cost $1,500. Wooooow! I met my second roommate, she’s also from Korea. It’s been interesting discussing each others' ways of life. That evening I went out to eat with my roommate Brittany and some friends in the Political Leadership Program. I had a great time getting to know everyone and of course talking about politics.

Friday, January 30

The second day of orientation was for all TWC interns. I really enjoyed orientation today. There were some great guest speakers who were motivational. There were 5 things that I learned from them to keep in mind while I’m in here in DC.

1. Never say the b-word… bored; because there will always be something to do.

2. Become an active learner.

3. Apply what you've learned, work and impact your future.

4. Don't sweat the small stuff and look at the big picture; understand what you're really here for.

5. Consider everything good/bad as an experience; document and reflect.

I took note and plan on applying this advice to help make my DC experience even more enjoyable.

After orientation I took a trip to my internship, Tribune Broadcasting, so I’ll be able to know my way to work on Monday. Tribune is America’s largest employee-owned media company, operating businesses in publishing, interactive and broadcasting. Tribune operates basically in the major cities, one of them including Houston, my hometown. Their cable channel is WGN, and they are affiliated with FOX, CW, and ABC. During my internship, I’ll be doing things like writing, editing and putting together news stories, doing interviews, and helping the reporters and producers with newsgathering and production. My interests are to get into TV broadcasting and/or news reporting.

Saturday, January 31

What a day! It began with a trip to downtown DC. I went with a friend I met from Florida, named Jasmine. We’re in the same program and class. We first stopped into the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Next, we went to the Washington Monument. The view was amazing. Then we walked to the Lincoln Memorial. It was breath-taking and gave me chills looking at the huge statue of Abraham Lincoln, and knowing that MLK gave his "I Have a Dream" speech at that very location; and also how not long ago this same area was filled with people from all over, to see the inauguration of President Obama. After taking plenty of pictures we headed back to the apartment.

Well, tomorrow is the Super Bowl so I’m sure it will be a fun day. Go Steelers!

Quotes from orientation:

“To those whom much have been given; much is expected.”

“You learn from failures, not doing well, rather than having an easy coast to the finish line.”

Signing out,

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