Sunday, June 24, 2012

D.C. in D.C. week 4

Man it gets HOT in DC!!! I come from Ohio and it can get up in the 90's but this type of heat made my breathing difficult at first but I managed to make it through the week. We had a Working in the Federal Government Workshop with Frances Vhay (a fellow intern) and Michael Murray and I must say it was very informational! I really enjoyed it and Mike Murray is a really cool, laid back guy, I also must say I find him to be hilarious! I am still doing very well at my internship at the USDA, I am about to do a project with some data analysis with some of the Mathematicians/ Statisticians within my agency which is really nice if I do say so myself! My ultimate goal this summer is to find a Government agency to hire me in and if necessary I will relocate and finish my schooling here if the opportunity presents itself, which I have gotten some feedback from some potential employers so as always I must say God is Good! This is truly a test for me to see whether I would like to be this far away from home on a permanent basis. I never really wanted to be too close to home. I don't know, I am ok with it so far only time will tell and I do miss my family back home. I have come to the conclusion that I have to do what's best for me and my family will always be there to support me no matter what! It does suck that I won't be home for the 4th of July though, NOW all of a sudden everyone wants to throw huge barbecues while I am all the way in DC but its cool, I know me and the other AAPDers will find some type of festivities to attend!

So, we checked out the FDR Memorial on Saturday and it was nice. I was really impressed by the structure in which they built it and I thought that it was a nice tribute to our only four-term President, who also had a disability himself (#winning). He served in office amidst the Great Depression and World War II which is a testimony to how thorough he was. I was a big admirer of FDR in my middle/ high school Social Studies days, he is definitely on my favorite Presidents List with JFK, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. I also want to note that politics is a messy subject matter. I initially wanted to do politics when I started college but it was clear to me that a lot of people who are elected 1) don't go into office and do what they were elected to do and 2) have personal vendettas against each other to the point were it is just a name calling and slandering match. Thank God that politics is not a mandatory career here in DC! Although a lot of our Government is revolved around it inevitably, I would very much like to leave that to the people I voted for to put into office.

I am very anxious to see what my Federal Career will turn out to be once I get into my actual field of Computer Science! There is so much still to learn on my behalf so I have to constantly tell myself I am doing good and I just need to take it easy. A lot of my friends graduated this Spring and I kind of beat myself up about it because I am just now reaching my Junior year. If I would have not been diagnosed with Bipolar disorder or if I had just went to college right after high school I would have been walking this Spring too. It is somewhat depressing to know that but so many people tell me that you went on to serve your Country so don't worry about this, I appreciate all of the Interns who have told me that this Summer, those are very encouraging words! I need to buckle down more and keep taking this Internship day by day because it has been 3 years since I worked full time, it is not something you can easily adapt back into overnight!

In conclusion, I want to give a big shout out to all of the Interns, especially Zoe who went above and beyond the call of duty to ensure the baby ducks who were stuck under the car were rescued!!! I enjoy being around so many bright, enthusiastic people on a daily basis, plus we all have a good time with each other! Well there is work to be done and I must bid you farewell, until next time.


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