Here are my final thoughts, the good and the bad.
I did not have any expectations of my experience in DC. It’s not that I had low expectations– it’s that I did not know what to expect in the first place. Honestly, the beginning was kind of a whirlwind because I had just gotten back from a semester abroad two weeks prior to moving to DC. I did not have time to process or reflect on what would happen here. In fact, I didn’t even have solid housing plans until a week before I moved in.
The best thing that has happened to me this summer was my decision to live with other Michigan kids in PSIP. Although I was not technically a part of PSIP, I got to live with other students from UofM at a GW dorm. Sure, I wasn’t too ecstatic about living in a dorm situation again, but I actually almost got scammed twice before. I figured it was the safest option. I’m really glad I did, though. I became really good friends with everyone in my apartment complex. Saying goodbye to them was really hard, but it was also exciting to know I would have a new group of friends once I went back to campus.
This summer was important for me because I wanted it to point me in a career path for post-grad plans. To an extent, it did. Before this summer, I was pretty set on taking the LSATs my senior year and going straight to law school, but this summer has made me realize I would rather have some work experience for a couple years and think about law school or grad school more deeply. I also understood the importance of keeping an open mind about the kind of jobs I wanted to apply for. Initially, I wasn’t too hot on the idea of lobbying, but this summer has proved otherwise.
I expected for this summer to end with me knowing exactly what I wanted to do for the rest my life, career-wise. I was wrong. If anything, I am left more confused than before because this summer has opened more paths than choosing one. Speaking to my coworkers and peers though, I realize that not knowing is okay and that I’ll be fine in the end, anyway. My summer in DC has definitely proven to be a fruitful experience for me. I’m really thankful for the LSA Internship Scholarship because it has allowed me to pursue what I otherwise could not have done.