Final Reflections of DC and the Department of State

Hi all –


It’s hard to believe that the summer is over and our first round of classes are about to start this Wednesday. By the end of my internship it had begun to feel as if I was an employee at DOS rather than just an unpaid intern ready to finish their final year of college. My final week was spent finishing up my final project which was to draft the 2019 END Act Report and Strategic Assessment that is due to be published by Congress in October this year (yipee!). It just happened to work out perfectly that the finishing touches were due the same week I was preparing to leave! Overall I’d say this has been one of the most fulfilling summers of my life which I am surprised to say – I fully expected to be exhausted after 10 weeks of a full-time “adult” job. This experience, however, has reignighted my passions and solidifed the direction of my future career in ways I didn’t think possible.

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Ravensbrück: Research Summary

My research this summer on Ravensbrück Concentration Camp will be used to inform my dissertation at the University of St Andrews. All of texts that I was able read throughout these seven weeks puts me in a very good place to continue my research in the fall and begin the writing process. The ability to travel to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the site of the camp provided me with an invaluable amount of information that I would not have be able to rely upon otherwise. And I believe that walking around the former camp site allowed me to better comprehend the experiences of these women and hopefully to do justice to their stories in my final work.

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자기 발견의 여정 (A Journey of Self-Discovery)

Challenges. When overcome they make us stronger, however, when left unaccounted for, they grow to become larger and sometimes even unconquerable obstacles.

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