Brian Selvarajah

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September 18, 2011

Back to the Hill.

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I can no longer hear the bustling symphony composed by the intricate sounds of a city. Nor can I hop on a subway car that will whisk me away to the Opera Garnier or, closer to home, the Smithsonian. In a year where traveling served as the status quo, returning to normalcy is slightly jarring. […]

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August 14, 2011

Hello, Goodbye.

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So like a whirlwind my summer in Washington DC materialized and then disappeared in a flash. Like everything else in this fast-paced year filled with adventure and new experiences, I’m slightly disoriented as I try to grapple for some form of a routine. Trite but true, I feel as though I just moved to Washington […]

Laura and I in Paris

August 2, 2011

New York City Swagger

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The Big Apple is certainly not for everyone, but I think over time I’ve grown to love its one-of-a-kind, New York City charm. I get restless easily and frankly the truism “Sometimes you just need to get away” contains clear wisdom. I needed a change of scenery from blisteringly hot D.C. so last weekend I […]

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July 22, 2011

Which Smithsonian?

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July 21, 2011 So I was chatting with a friend at NIH who’s from the area, and we were discussing attractions to visit in Washington DC. I said, “Oh I really want to visit the Smithsonian.” My friend just looked at me and said, “Which one?” Clearly, I never realized that there existed more than […]

Lincoln Memorial

July 17, 2011

Behind the Scenes of Another Government Agency

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One of my favorite aspects of Lafayette is the tightly-knit network of alumni and the potential for students to establish connections through a community of connections. Last semester, when I was studying abroad, I applied for the Intern Scholar Program through Career Services. Knowing that I would be living in Washington DC, I perceived accurately […]

World War II Memorial on the National Mall

July 9, 2011

Finding the words to describe “The Capital of the World”

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For some reason, I am unable to find the exact words to describe Washington DC concisely; it’s almost as if I’m searching for an adjective that I just cannot grasp. I usually form an opinion of a city immediately upon visiting for a weekend but I cannot decide what I think about DC. Amidst the […]

Lincoln Memorial

June 27, 2011

Wait, you want MY opinion?

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As week three wraps up in DC, I can confidently say that I am adjusting to life amidst a 40-hour work week. Thank god! I mean I’m still tired, but I’m regaining some semblance of a life after work. I think that a good internship is supposed to immerse you in the field you want […]

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June 19, 2011

My first week at NIH

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Written June 12, 2011 First week of work! I’m not going to lie; a 40-hour work week is absolutely exhausting! I mean I’ve worked at a previous internship during the summer after freshmen year where I had the same type of schedule, but clearly I forgot the joy of a full work week as I […]

Washington Circle

June 13, 2011

Au Revoir Paris, Hello Washington DC!

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Getting over Paris by starting a new internship in Washington DC.