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Traces of Capitol Hill: Week 10

Welcome to Traces of Capitol Hill, Tracy Parco's weekly blog about her experience being a fall intern for BRAVO!. We love our intern blogs and hope you enjoy following Tracy!

Week 10

November 2 - November 6, 2015

Although this was a shorter work week for me, it feels like it was packed. For this week, I think I'll take a page out of Madison’s book and take the time to say a couple “thank you’s.”

First off, thank you to the BRAVO! team for the internship opportunity and for all of the lessons and learning experiences I've received this semester, so far. This week the BRAVO! team spent our Sunday on a team-bonding trip to a couple vineyards in Virginia and I'd like to specifically thank Nancy for not only welcoming Madison, Blair, and I into her office, but allowing us to feel like we are part of the team during our time in DC.

Next, I'd like to thank my family for providing me the chance to come to DC in the first place. We often like to joke that studying in DC, is like studying abroad without actually being abroad, but in all seriousness, I've absolutely loved spending the past several weeks in the nation's capital and I would not be surprised if I found myself living here after graduation. DC is a unique city filled with aspiring professionals and countless opportunities and I would be lucky to be able to come back here in the future. On an unrelated note, I’m SO excited to see my family this week and show them around the city I’ve called home for the past couple months.

Finally, I'd like to thank my friends. This past week was a clear indicator that it doesn't matter if you've known someone for 10 weeks or 10 years, but real friends will be there for you to celebrate the good and help you through the bad. I'm incredibly grateful to have met some of the most kind-hearted and generous people here in DC, who took the time to spend this past week celebrating my 21st birthday with me. This week has been very humbling from a surprise party at midnight on my birthday, to grabbing dinner with friends, to having my desk at work decorated when I came into the office on Tuesday—I am very appreciative to have such amazing individuals in my life.

In the end, it’s important to remember that everything happens for a reason. It’s been quite the ride here in DC, but I’m very thankful for my experience thus far (especially the warmer weather), and am looking forward to the rest of my time here!

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