It’s been 1 month!! Super Happy!

First Day of Training!

So here we are, first day of training for the CSE and I am EXCITED! Basically what I’m training for is position as a Residence Director in the First Year Experience. This basically means that I will be supervising house staff (more commonly referred to as RAs) throughout the school year. I will be their direct supervisor, conduct meetings, being a mentor and guiding them throughout this year. Since I am dealing solely with the first year student population I’m imagining that there will be a lot of exciting occurrences of the year. Dealing with the younger college population you literally have to be ready for anything and everything. Training will hopefully get me prepared for all of this. Other than that, this is my first time as a legitimate supervisor. Although I am very ecstatic about this experience, I am very nervous as well. I will have to be really on top of everything and become way more organized than I was in college. Unlike in the past where I was just dealing with me and my things, now I’m forced to support a staff of 8 people. Either way this is a brand new experience for me and I can not wait to get started!!

The Big Move

So I’ve made it..It’s July 20th and I’m finally moving to GW to start my position as a Residence Director for the CSE. I’m so excited for this move and this is really what I’ve been waiting for all summer. The row house in Eckington where I’ve been staying has been great but I felt like I couldn’t really settle in. It was kind of like a hotel stay for 2 months. However, what I did love about the row house is that I had quick access to a kitchen. At my GW place I will not have my own kitchen and will be forced to use a community kitchen…joy! Either way I’m still glad. Being a recent college graduate I’m still very used to the dorm style way of living so at least it isn’t a huge transition. So my parents are here to help me move all in!! I know they are probably exhausted, but I’m still going to push them and mooch as much as I can (LOVE WHEN PARENTS COME!).

The room before I touched it.

I have a lot of work to do.

Shocked at People Sometimes…

So imagine that you’re with a friend, taking a nice walk through Chinatown, DC. You decide to get food, do a little shopping, and maybe even hit up the National Portrait Gallery. As you come across the intersection waiting to cross the street you hear the loud banter of men. This sound is reminiscent of protesting. Looking to your right you see a group of men who honestly look like the Black version of the KKK. Low and behold, it is a group of black supremacists protesting relationships of homosexuals and how they are a disgrace to God and mankind. This is probably one of the most disturbing protests I have ever seen and the fact that it is so blatant around a very nice neighborhood in DC shocks me more. Apparently, ISUPK (you can look it up) comes to the corner of H and 7th often to protest their views. Although we all have a right to free speech it is sad to see people who live with such hatred in their hearts. It really disturbed me on a personal level. This was an extreme group and to me I felt unsafe walking past them. However, it was nice to see that most people didn’t give them the time of day. I say ignore them and hopefully they’ll disappear.

 

“Here’s To The Crazy Ones. The misfits. The rebels. The trouble-makers. The round pegs in the
square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules, and they have
no respect for the status-quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify, or vilify them.
About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the
human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius.
Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world – are the ones who DO !”  

– Apple Computers

And I thought Vandy Squirrels were Cool….

This squirrel is way cooler…He literally followed people and would not give up. Ruthless! I swear if he wanted to, he would try and sit on someone’s shoulder.

A Slice the size of a WHOLE!!!

 

So I went out with my friend Khala tonight and the biggest story is not the outing for the night (the outing was rather bland if I say so myself) but it was the pizza I had afterwards which made my night. I’m not sure if I should be amazed or shocked at American’s standards on food portion, but it literally could have fed an entire family. AND!! It was cheap too. YUUMMMMM!! Nothing like eating a meal that can feed 8 all by yourself at 2 in the morning! Check it out!

 

If you don’t think this slice is huge then you’re crazy (only in a good way)!!!!!

and I’m awful because I do not remember where I bought this slice from (however it is on U Street). Once I find out I will update!!

So Close to the Policy!!

Through my internship I was lucky enough to get inside Capitol Hill and attend a meeting about the Affordable Care Act and its effect on the Patient/Provider Relationship. It was fascinating that I was able to attend something that really focuses on my interests. The meeting was divided by two sides (Democrats and Republicans, of course). Additionally, there was a panel of doctors speaking on the matter. Albeit interesting, the meetings was controlled by the Republican party. On the Republican side there were about 20 representatives (all former MDs) and the Democratic side had 2 people who were not doctors. The language used during the meeting was also very interesting. The Democrats would refer to its proper name, the Affordable Care Act, while the Republicans would refer to it as Obamacare. Many people use the term Obamacare, but do not realize the negative connotation that has on the Act. It was frustrating as an audience member that the questions were so loaded. The Republican side would ask the panel of doctors specific questions that warranted very specific answers. Therefore, the Republicans were able to make it seem like the Affordable Care Act was a travesty. Looking around I noticed the dismay of the audience who probably wanted to ask their own questions in order to get more realistic responses. Only one panel member approved the Affordable Care Act and the Republicans literally tore him to shreds throughout the meeting. It was honestly a sad sight to see. Most of the panel members discussed how the Affordable Care Act would ruin the doctor/patient relationship. However, it was very interesting that these doctors were more into specialties (plastic surgery, anesthesiology). These doctors would not really be seeing patients who fell under the Affordable Care Act so it was interesting to see why they were so against it. Although the meeting was full of harsh statements and loaded propositions (and even more unanswered questions) it was a great opportunity to have. This just reminds me how lucky I am to be in Washington DC and so close to Health Policy!

I know today is going to be a LOOooooooooooooooong Day ….so if you’re feeling the same way maybe you should watch this video…it’s pretty hilarious in my opinion…Thanks to Blake for showing this to me!

There are bad words in it though…so if that bothers you then don’t watch!

 

Bitch Pudding!

 

Enjoy!

Look at you. You’re young. And you’re scared. Why are you so scared? Stop being paralyzed. Stop swallowing your words. Stop caring what other people think. Wear what you want. Say what you want. Listen to the music you want to listen to. Play it loud as fuck and dance to it. Go out for a drive at midnight and forget that you have school the next day. Stop waiting for Friday. Live now. Do it now. Take risks. Tell secrets. This life is yours. When are you going to realize that you can do whatever you want?

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