Sports in the City

One of the best things about moving to a city is the crazy amount of things going on all the time. I’ve been fortunate to have some really great opportunities this summer surrounding sports…and sports stadiums. My first trip to Nat’s stadium this summer wasn’t exactly to see the Nationals. Instead, I saw Taylor Swift and fan girl’d HARD. It was incredible and I HIGHLY suggest that if you get a chance to see her live, do it.

Taylor Swift's 1989 tour.

Taylor Swift’s 1989 tour.

Next, I was invited to the Barcelona v. Chelsea soccer game with a fellow Dickinson Family and it was also sweet. Who can really complain about seeing Messi and Piqué running around a field? Exactly.

Barca v. Chelsea

Barca v. Chelsea

 

And finally, there’s no better way to wrap up the summer than a night out at a ball game. This time, I went to Nat’s stadium to actually see the Nationals play (and beat!) the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Nationals beat the Diamondbacks!

Nationals beat the Diamondbacks!

 

 

 

Though none of these activities were technically free, we did find some awesome free things to do around D.C. One of our favorites, and a place where a lot of us Dickinson Interns would hang out was at Jazz in the Garden. JITG takes place in the Sculpture Garden right next to the National Mall. It’s always packed with 20-somethings, picnic blankets, and tons of sangria – a great way to cool off from a long week at the office.

Another awesome site we found compiled a list of all of the outdoor movies playing across the city. You would be amazed at how you can basically see a movie (and a lot of new releases!) every night of the week. Stay tuned to hear about my last week in the office!

 

For now,

Bryn

The Real World

The real world is hard. Here is a list of the things I have done, or seriously considered doing to help keep me afloat in the sixth most expensive city in the U.S.

Things I have considered doing: Bougie lemonade stand (think lavender, pomegranate, fresh ginger cookies), scalping tickets to Nat’s games (see next week’s post), selling bone marrow (after much harassment from my mom this moved into the considered doing category), entering the show Survivor, and many other ideas – some crazier than others.

Things I have done: When I came to D.C. last summer for an internship, my mom told me about this thing that big cities have – temp agencies. What’s a temp agency, you ask? Well, until I looked it up I had no idea either. Basically, they help companies fill the gaps when they either need an extra hand or their receptionist is taking the week off. I’ve done some random stuff for the temp agency that I work with and for someone who isn’t quite sure what they want to do when they graduate, it’s an awesome way to peek in to a company and see what they do. There are some pretty random things out there. Last week I worked for a company who does “emergency response simulations”.

This is what $3M will get you in D.C.

This is what $3M will get you in D.C.

For example, they worked with a university to recreate an active shooter scenario to practice their response – pretty random. Last Saturday I greeted people at an open house in a fairly swanky apartment complex here in the city.

Having a mom who works for a large research university, I have always been a lab rat. Whether I’m doing a typing task, reacting to moving stimuli, or getting a brain scan, the research world has always been a nice way to get some extra cash in your pocket – plus you’re contributing to the advancement of science! I did a study at GWU a few weeks ago and learned that I’m apparently a very good lip reader…not sure why but I did a follow up survey and got some cool images of my brain (See at end of post).

For now,

Bryn

My brain.

My brain.

My brain in 3D.

My brain in 3D.

Martha’s Outfitters

Although Martha’s Table started as just a small, mobile food cart providing hot meals to the homeless, they have been able to identify where the needs are within the community and have succeeded in meeting these needs.

MT owns an entire block on 14th street here in D.C.!

MT owns an entire block on 14th street here in D.C.!

One of their programs that I have had the pleasure of working first-hand with is Martha’s Outfitters. Martha’s Outfitters is a donation based, resale clothing store akin to that of Goodwill. One of their main differentiators, however, is their “referral program”. Though the program’s structure has recently changed, the gist remains the same – giving those in need clothes and other household supplies, free of charge.

The inside of the store - People donate and find great stuff here.

The inside of the store – People donate and find great stuff here.

I would be totally lying if I didn’t say it was self-fulfilling but volunteering with Martha’s Outfitters has shown me the range of demographics that this organization serves. Access to clothing – including socks and underwear (not owning every color of Hanky Panky’s does not count!) – is something that many people, including myself, take for granted on a daily basis. The clients of Martha’s Table’s referral program greet me with a smile, and are instantly excited when I tell them the list of supplies that they can receive free of charge. Although the majority of the work I am doing for my internship is behind closed doors, working one-on-one with the clients who actually benefit from our services is unmatched. For those of you looking to get involved, check out Martha’s Table’s list of volunteer opportunities.

 

For Now,

B

A little free library to donate and grab books!

A little free library to donate and grab books!

I Caught the Ball!

Sometimes life throws you curveballs, and you want to catch that ball because you know you’ll forever regret the scar it leaves above your right eyebrow – a daily reminder that you should have taken the chance and just put your mitt up. Short story shorter, I had the incredible opportunity to work as the Learning, Evaluation, and Research intern for a local non-profit, Martha’s Table!

Martha's Table - 14th Street Location

Martha’s Table – 14th Street Location

Martha’s Table began as a single food truck, riding around the city giving free hot meals to those in need. Today, the organization runs the gamut in food programming for low-income individuals and families. They have services such as Martha’s Outfitters, Healthy Start, Healthy Eating, a job training program for youth, pop-up healthy markets for families, and the list goes on. A lot of the research I am doing is internal and therefore can’t be discussed in much detail – but those aren’t really the parts that would be interesting to my readers anyways.

After an awesome conversation (or series of conversations) with my new supervisor, I knew that Martha’s Table cared not only about the work I was doing for them, but also about my experience as an intern. We sat down and wrote goals – some professional, some personal, and even some academic! In fact, I’m hoping to use the skills I develop this summer to aid me in writing a senior thesis – something that my supervisor thinks will mesh well with my internship experience. Aside from doing research, I am also getting to dip my toes into the other services that Martha’s Table has to offer by meeting staff across many different programs and volunteering in the different departments.

Check back next week to hear more about my experience at my new internship!

For Now,

Bryn

I Break for Art

D.C. is notorious for its wealth of history, monuments, and art museums – many of which are free. Since I spent much of last summer exploring the local art, it was time to do something new. I decided to tap into my own creative enterprise and voila, I may have even found a new hobby: oil painting. I’m working on being vulnerable so please cut me some slack when you look at my paintings below…it was my first time since elementary school (probably).

 

My first attempt at drawing flowers.

My first attempt at painting flowers.

It's supposed to be Lake Champlain...at sunset?

It’s supposed to be Lake Champlain…at sunset?

I have to give credit to a bumper sticker I have on water bottle for this one.

I have to give credit to a bumper sticker I have on water bottle for this one.

 

In the theme of artistry, this past fourth of July weekend was chock-filled with friends, overcast, and Jackson Pollack. Specifically, I was able to visit the Pollack-Krasner house in East Hampton, New York. To be honest, I originally thought it was a private gallery that had Pollack’s artworks in it, but I was wrong. The Pollack-Krasner house was actually home to Jackson and Lee, and backs up to a beautiful inlet from the Atlantic Ocean. We were able to actually enter the space where Jackson Pollack made many of his gigantic masterpieces. Fortunately, the paint splatters are still intact and cover the floors, and we were able to actually walk around the studio with little slippers.

Paint splatters from Convergence

Paint splatters from Convergence

Inside of Jackson Pollack's Studio.

Inside of Jackson Pollack’s Studio.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All in all, it was an awesome reunion with some of my closest Dickinsonians.

Some #Dsoninterns on our way to the beach!

Some #Dsoninterns on our way to the beach! (P.S. I’m well aware hashtags don’t work here, but oh well)

For now,

Bryn

Third Week’s the Charm

In our third and fourth weeks here in the Capital, we have really started to get into the groove of balancing work life, social life, and exercise – who would have thought that it is possible to hit that trifecta all while getting at least 8 hours of sleep?

One of the best parts about being in D.C. during the summer is the mass amounts of other Dickinsonians here as well. This city is a hot spot for internships as the number of opportunities is endless.

A couple #DsonInterns gathered at my apartment!

A couple #DsonInterns gathered at my apartment!

We kicked off the weekend by having a few of our classmates over to our apartment, while we caught up on last semester. Even though I had been gone for the last four months, everything felt completely natural.

Although the Dickinson grant allows us to live in a cute apartment in an awesome neighborhood, it does not cover our desire to do swanky fitness classes that are in abundance here in D.C. I have to say, fitness here is on another level. At any hour of the day, in any temperature, you will see locals doing a myriad of athletic activities from running, to cycling, to exiting the gym covered in sweat.

Lea, Shivani, and I after spin class. Can't get over Lea's face.

Lea, Shivani, and I after spin class. Can’t get over Lea’s face.

We want to be part of this culture of high-energy combined with hard work, so we have been putting our student discounts to use and hitting the studios. Here’s a lovely picture of a couple of us Dickinson Interns after a spin class near U-street (also home the famous Ben’s Chili Bowl – though we did not counteract our exercise by stopping there post workout).

Although it looks like we only hangout with other Dickinsonians, this is not the case. A startup by the name of PredictIt hosted a DC Summer Interns Kickoff happy hour last week so we decided to put on our networking hats and make an appearance.

The three of us at the DC Summer Interns kickoff event.

The three of us at the DC Summer Interns kickoff event.

 

We arrived, sweaty and tired from work, to a very packed bar. It was a great event and we even made some new friends through a bingo-esque game that acted as an ice breaker.

 

For now,

Bryn 🙂

 

 

 

 

P.S. Just wanted to share this one, wicked easy vegan recipe because it was actually really good and super healthy.

spaghetti squash with homemade kale pesto - kale, olive oil, almonds - topped with capers and tomatoes.

spaghetti squash with homemade kale pesto – kale, olive oil, almonds – topped with capers and tomatoes.

 

My First Week in the Office

Dickinson, being a liberal arts school, does not have a communications, public relations, or marketing department. However, the communications field is broad and thus I was assured that my class load and previous internship experiences would suffice. Needless to say, I was nervous coming in and entered blindly. These nerves were immediately relieved as I was greeted by smiling faces who were (hopefully) excited to have an intern to inhibit the lonely desk at the back of the conference room.

A pano of my desk...Say 'Hi' to my Co-Intern, Alex

A pano of my desk…Say ‘Hi’ to my Co-Intern, Alex

My first week was introductions to the firm and a background of the communications field. Pretty standard – though I couldn’t take my mind off the pending weekend – a well deserved trip to Rehoboth beach with my friend’s family (another Dickinson student).

After returning to D.C. on Sunday night, I was exhausted, a little burnt, but ready to get back into the daily work grind.

A walk back from the beach with red skin and sandy feet.

A walk back from the beach with red skin and sandy feet.

My first task: Twitter.

Twitter? You ask, Bryn, you’re a millennial, Twitter should be no problem!

If only I had a Twitter and knew how to navigate the popular super app that has basically taken over social media in the past 5 years, maybe it would be a breeze. However, limiting myself to 140 character is daunting. Might I add, a picture takes up 22 characters, and a shortened link takes up another 20. So, all said and done, I have 98 characters (including spaces) to create a concise and professional tweet to effectively get my message across. twitter-history

Task #2: Drafting a pitch

What is a pitch? Well, being a sociology major, I can assure you that I have (or had) no idea. But hey, that’s what internships are for, learning new things, right?

Without breaking client confidentiality, my job is to pitch a story to a reporter in a way that intrigues them, so that they will hopefully cover the story and give our client some well deserved press coverage.

Those are the main things I have been tasked with thus far. Can’t wait to see what’s next!

P.S. Lea and I may have cheated the vegan thing this week while at the Beach….but we were on ‘vacay’, right?

For now,

Bryn

'Gator tacos and Mac 'n Cheese...definitely a cheat ;)

‘Gator tacos and Mac ‘n Cheese…definitely a cheat 😉

Homemade black bean burgers with Mango and Salsa.

Homemade black bean burgers with Mango and Salsa.

Some BBQ on the way home from the weekend. Courtesy of Kiawani's. It was incredible. No forks or knives allowed.

1/2 chicken on the way home from the beach weekend. Courtesy of Kiawani’s. It was incredible. No forks or knives allowed.

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Kale salad with craisins. Almond, garlic, lemon, nutritional yeast dressing.

Denmark to D.C. (With a quick layover in Vermont)

I arrived back in Vermont on May 17th after an incredible four months abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark. After running around doing errands and visiting with friends/family, it was already time to leave. This time, back to Washington D.C., to begin my twelve week internship at Conover + Gould, a strategic communications firm.

Post-run rainbow in Rock Creek Park.

Post-run rainbow in Rock Creek Park.

Last summer I worked in D.C. and fell in love with its energy, atmosphere, and professional demeanor. After connecting with a Dickinson Alum working in communications, I began searching for internships in the field. Following a Skype interview over my shoddy Danish internet, I was certain that this was the place for me. A small firm, Conover + Gould would be the place where I would spent 12 weeks, learning the ins and outs of effective communication strategies.

Thanks to the internship grants that Dickinson provided, I was able to secure a tiny, but adorable studio apartment in Adams Morgan (a very hip area for those who are unfamiliar with D.C. geography) that I would share with one of my closest friends from Freshman year, Lea.

Memorial Day Parade, 2015, at the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

Memorial Day Parade, 2015, at the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

Arriving on Memorial Day weekend was a treat. Not only did it give Lea and me an extra day to prepare for work, we also got to experience some intense patriotism that D.C. is never lacking. Here’s a picture from the annual memorial day parade located on Constitution Ave., right next to the National Mall.

This blog will also mention some seriously good eats. Lea and I lived together last summer as well and made a pact to remain vegan, party due to the fact that meat and cheese is expensive, but also because its summer and everyone wants to look good in a bikini. Because I live to eat (and don’t eat to live, necessarily), I will post some of our delicious concoctions*.

Check back next week to hear about my first week in the office and about all of my other adventures in D.C.

For Now,

Bryn

*Here are some of this week’s ‘good eats’:

Granola with fresh mango, strawberries, and blackberries.

Granola with fresh mango, strawberries, and blackberries.

Vegan ice cream made with frozen bananas, almond butter, and maple syrup. The consistency was divine.

Vegan ice cream made with frozen bananas, almond butter, and maple syrup. The consistency was divine.

Loaded sweet potato with kale, black beans, and dressing that mixed our homemade pesto and avocado.

Loaded sweet potato with kale, black beans, and dressing that was made by mixing our homemade pesto with avocado.