Jiyoun Yoo American Politics
October 9, 2017 | Now it's October and the weather is getting cold. The last five weeks with WSP have gone so fast, and now I feel quite comfortable with the things I am doing here. This week was the third week in my internship at NED. My work is usually not fixed in a cycle; I just tend to grab the tasks around me when I go in. Therefore, most of the work I have been doing were going to events, making charts, collecting bios, and doing light research. Last week I had a great opportunity to go to the event, "Liberian President Sirleaf Speaks on US's Global Role." President Sirleaf is the first female head of state in Africa, and the she was elected in the first democratic election in Liberia. I worked at the registration table for an hour before attending the rest of the event. Hearing all the inspiring lectures about democracy in an auditorium full of 400 people was definitely an experience I could only have in D.C.
For the American Politics class, we are currently working on a mid-term assignment. Mid-term might sound a bit demanding and boring, but in our midterm we get to lobby for a politician. All of my classmates are making calls to their Congressperson and are exploring a lot about the issues they are interested in. For me, I chose to advocate the Adoptee Citizenship Act to the South Korean Embassy. I am still working on preparation, but I am really look forward to have discussing this Act with officials working there. This was also I never expected to do. I cannot help but think what a "DC-like" assignment this is.
On Monday, I went to a graduate school fair as part of the Political Communication elective class. Professor Sharon told us that it would be great opportunity to explore grad schools and think about our future career goals. I was actually a student who hadn't thought much about going to a grad school. But as I walked through the fair and had conversation with the staff members of each school, I thought that I can think about it again. Experiences here are certainly broadening my views.
Other than that I am going some fun events in D.C. too. Last week I went to 'Taste of Georgetown', where I could taste all the best menus of restaurants in the Georgetown neighborhood. I am always amazed how many these kind of events are hold in this city. So far so good!
Jiyoun Yoo American Politics
October 2, 2017 | It has been three weeks since I arrived here and so far I am loving this city! Though everything is new it is exciting and interesting to see how I am adjusting to the experience.
I am participating in the American Politics concentration this semester. As one of only two international students in this class, it is sometimes hard for me to discuss details about American politics and read all the books in English, but I believe it is worth it to be with all of my smart friends in class! The topics we deal with are things like the Congress, bureaucracy, and the U.S. presidency. During the second week of class, we got to visit with guest speakers who work in the field of political campaigns. I feel blending the stories from speakers and the theories from classes is giving me greater understanding about the environment of American politics. As an added bonus, we got to attend a baseball game with the tickets from our cool professor.
I got an internship at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED)! I am working in the office of Government Relations & Public Affairs, where I will attend congressional events and do research for the office. With the warm greeting from NED, I went to an event on Capitol Hill ("The Hill") called 'The Future of Russian Democracy' and a 'Press Freedom' event at the Newseum -- all in my first week. My supervisor told me that he hopes that I can use this internship to explore my fields of interest. I am getting a strong feeling that I would love working here.
Elective classes are also so interesting. Mine is called Political Communication, and we had a chance to go 'Meet the Press' in the NBC Studio near the campus. As a student interested in journalism and politics, it was such an exciting opportunity to have. The show we saw was about Trump Administration and their supporters, with a U.S. Senator and a panel discussing this topic. We were able to examine all the details of how Sunday shows are made, starting from the studio environment and makeup to every hand signs the Program Director makes towards Chuck Todd. I will remember how my classmates and I were amazed by all the effort put in to making the show. I would never have known if it weren't for my class!
Jiyoun Yoo American Politics
September 18, 2017 | Well, I finally came to D.C.! I have been eagerly looking forward to staying here for a semester as a student in the Washington Semester Program at American University. As a newly-hired WSP Ambassador taking the American Politics concentration, this post will be talking about the very first impression of the city.
With 14 hours of flight from Korea, I arrived at the Dulles International Airport. Right after putting my luggage, I left to the Union Station for shopping. What surprised me were all the buildings with names that I have heard more than once in a lifetime. D.C. has the headquarters of so many companies and organizations, and they were all making this city enthusiastic. This was when I started to realize what D.C. is like: calm, but energetic.
The first week of Fall semester at American University was called 'Welcome Week'. I was impressed by how full the campus Quad was for that entire week! There were always events, festivals, and barbecues going on.
There are many chances to enjoy things for free in the city. I've been to the National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Museums, and Symphony Orchestra near the Capitol Hill during the last two weeks. Can't wait to visit all the cites that D.C. has!