I love lists. I love lists of firsts. I made a list of firsts for when I arrived at Antioch College on my personal blog, The Equation of Cleo. I thought it was only fitting to post the list of firsts that I have been collecting since I came to D.C.
First Metro ride
First walk past the White House
First day at work
First work ID
First time in a house office building
First FAC hearing
The greatest issue I have encountered since leaving the UN Foundation is how to introduce myself. In this city, it seems that where you work is what you are. There is no title for what I’m doing for co-op. I could say “I evaluate opportunities for internships for Antioch College students.” Even though it isn't lame, I think it sounds pretty lame.
This is part four of a five part series. To read part one, go here: http://antiochcollege.org/admission/blog/107/transient-mode-home-pt-1
Thats how long (in business days) I have left at work, and how long its been since I added to this document.
Fifteen days can really make a difference.
Sometimes, at Starbucks I give a name different than my own, just to try it out for awhile. I like the process of trying on a new name. It helps pass the time at a place where I get coffee, not for the taste, but for the caffeine and wifi. To me, Starbucks is the product to be endured in exchange for using the venue as your office for the day.
Can I be happy here for 15 minutes?
Then let’s regroup in 15 minutes.
“…the Syrian crisis remains a threat to the stability of the region…”
And I did regroup in 15, and then in 30 and in 60.
And the phrases from the briefing books (eventually) drifted from my head. I worry less.
I've been reading lots of briefing books from the UN on Syria. It’s odd; quotes keep popping into my head at unexpected moments. I'll be eating a sandwich and:
“…the violence in Syria has caused the migration of over 400,000 refugees into Lebanon, and a displacement of over 5 million Syrians internally and internationally…”
How many people is 400,000 any way?
The city of Cleveland. Cleveland’s population is 400,000.
One of the great things about working at the United Nations Foundation and the Better World Campaign (aside from helping the world and stuff) is the amount of free food an intern can encounter in a single day. Seriously, some days I go to work and have all three meals without even having to leave the office. The leftovers around here are epic.
…I'm glad you asked. Working at the UN Foundation, I haven't had a boring day yet. Today, I started work at 9:00 a.m., well 9:04. I had to drop laundry off at the dry cleaners. I started up my computer, and while it was warming up, I made myself a cup of fair trade coffee. Next, I did a quick scan of international news. Right now the topics that I usually focus on are Syria, Iran, Lebanon, North Korea, the United Nations, Sudan, and Mali.
For my co-op I recently started working at the Untited Nations Foundation in Washington, D.C. I thought I would share all the things that I enjoy on my way to work.
1. Butch and Sundance, the two adorable kitties. I stay with them and their wonderful humans Karen and Fritz. These furry fellas will climb, leap, play, and explore any time if the day or night. Finding one of them balancing on the sill above my door is not an uncommon sight.