Every semester students from Indiana University live, work and take classes in Washington, DC. These are a few of their stories.
Zoo Lights

Zoo Lights

Recently, I became a member of a club I’m rather proud of. I have visited all 19 Smithsonian museums. An achievement 5 years in the making, I have greatly enjoyed my mini challenge. Each Friday, I would take some time and take in the free museums. I could spend all...
The Capitol Tree

The Capitol Tree

The National Christmas Tree lighting is an event not to miss… so I hear. In order to receive tickets, you must register your name with the National Park Service to then be entered into a lottery with thousands of other hopefuls. This year, the event was hosted by Neil Patrick...
'Tis the Season

‘Tis the Season

Despite Washington being obsessed with the fiscal cliff, it is nevertheless still the best time of the year. I have always been a Christmas fanatic, but being in Washington D.C. adds even more sparkle to the season. Being a city of many office buildings, the first thing I noticed were...
Volunteering in New York City

Volunteering in New York City

Washington, DC was not hit hard by Hurricane Sandy and all of us WLP students had no issues during the storm. However, many people in New York and New Jersey were faced with extreme conditions that damaged their homes and parks. This past weekend I decided to take a bus...
Presidential Treatment

Presidential Treatment

One of the best things about living in D.C. is that there is always something interesting to do. I’ve been on the tourist type of trip before, seen the monuments and all, but actually living in the city allows for you to explore and see the cool, little things. A...
Preparing for Hurricane Sandy

Preparing for Hurricane Sandy

As I write, the Office of Personal Management (OPM) has just declared federal government offices in the Washington, D.C. area closed to the public tomorrow in consideration of Hurricane Sandy’s arrival. Growing up in Indiana, I’m no stranger to severe weather. The biggest difference is while here in DC, we...
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Visiting the White House Gardens

Visiting the White House Gardens

Over the summer, my mom allowed me to create a small raised garden bed in the lot of my family’s health food store. It was my pet project and each time I harvested a new vegetable, it gave me so much joy. Gardening has always been an interest of mine, so when a friend asked...
Michelle's Garden

Michelle’s Garden

So obviously one of the big perks in living in D.C. is the abundance of “famous people.” I’m not talking about Justin Bieber famous, it’s a different type of celebrity status. These are the celebrities who actually change the way things are done in this country and make history. The biggest celebrities of them all...
Fish out of Water

Fish out of Water

Ok, I have to be honest with you, when I first started this semester in WLP I felt very out of place. I am one of only two students here on WLP who are not working an internship that is political or has something to do with the federal government and at first I wasn’t...
Future DC Hoosiers

Future DC Hoosiers

Today, I had a really great opportunity to speak with some prospective Hoosiers. The event hosted by IU brought high school students and their families to learn more about Indiana University and Bloomington. I love IU, so any chance I get to share my experience and motivate others to get their education at IU is...
Brush with Health Policy Fame

Brush with Health Policy Fame

As I’ve started working in health policy in D.C., I’ve quickly become a bit of a nerd when it comes to the experts in the field. I clamor for the opportunity to see the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, and I was overly excited to see Jonathan Gruber at a conference last...