My experience in Washington DC was one unparalleled to any other--the life lessons, professional skills, and friends I made in a few short weeks will remain with me forever. The combination of my internships, The Washington Center's events and lectures, my academic course, civic engagement project, and the overall culture of Washington, DC all contributed to me gaining knowledge about much of the world that previously I was not exposed to. Similarly, The Washington Center has also contributed to my personal and professional growth. For this, I am most appreciative. Through hands on learning, I have gained understanding here that could not be taught in any textbook. Because of this, I am now equipped with all the tools I need to be successful and secure the career of my dreams.