>new adventures

>i started packing for DC today…i’m so excited and so scared at the same time. DC is a new city that i’m not familiar with. i’ve tried my best to become acquainted through maps, but its just not the same. but i keep thinking of it as a new adventure that i really need to have. i know it’s where i’m supposed to be, and i’m looking forward to not only working, but being with my friends and learning and experiencing lots of new things.

i’m leaving early sunday morning with my parents. we should arrive and start moving in around 4pm. monday will be a day of exploring the city with everyone, and i start work on tuesday! luckily i will be walking to work, saving lots of money by not taking the metro. my office (wow, that sounds so grown up) is only 6 blocks away from the GWU dorms where i’m staying.

the place i’m interning at is the national association of independent colleges and universities, or the NAICU. i can’t really put into my own words what i’ll be doing, but according to their Web site (note correct AP style usage there),

“The NAICU staff meets with policymakers, tracks campus trends, conducts research, analyzes higher education issues, publishes information, helps coordinate state-level activities, and advises members of legislative and regulatory developments with potential impact on their institutions. In addition, NAICU has spearheaded several major public initiatives, such as the Student Aid Alliance, an ambitious effort to enhance funding for existing student aid programs; and the nonpartisan National Campus Voter Registration Project that, in the last three congressional elections, has helped member institutions conduct both voter education programs and campaigns to register students and employees.”

i can’t wait to get started!

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