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5 Things You ALWAYS Need To Be Carrying As A Summer Student In Washington, DC

If you're trying to make it by as a slocal (summer local) in the nation's capital, it's important you're never caught unprepared.


This past summer, I participated in a work study on Capitol Hill. I was given an apartment and a Metro Card, but not much in the line of advice. My main goal was to NEVER do something so embarrassingly wrong and be thought of as a tourist. I really just wanted to fit in and be a slocal (formally referred to as "summer local"). In the aftermath of my trip, I have put together a list of items that you should ALWAYS have on you when spending the summer in the nation's capital.

1. Phone wallet back

I was always skeptical about this particular trend, fearing my cards and license would get lost or stolen. But from one messy and unorganized girl to another, these wallets will save so much time and trouble when navigating the Metro. As any DC Metro regular will know, you have to scan your card when both entering and exiting the station. Slipping the card in your phone makes it much more accessible when exiting. These silicone wallets would have saved me a number of times while embarrassingly holding up the line to get out of the station while digging through my purse and wallet to find my card. Speaking of purses....

2. A LARGE purse

I am not a bag person. Because of this, I brought an envelope sized purse to carry around everything I valued. Bad decision. Contrary to the regular wallet, a pack of gum, and phone, you have much more to carry in a purse when living and working in DC. Summers in the city are hot and yucky, which requires a whole extra set of necessities. The first being a water bottle. Unless you're looking to pay $5 for a disposable water bottle or to drink warm, funny tasting water from the public water fountains, carrying your own bottle is a must.

The next warm-weather essential is your makeup. Foundation is not a fan of humidity and looking presentable requires routine touch-ups. I would also highly recommend a purse with a sturdy zipper. Between riding the Metro, walking around during rush hour, and putting your bag through hundreds of security scans, the contents of your bag are bound to be dumped everywhere if you're not careful. In addition to storing water and basic needs, a large purse allows you to easily keep an extra pair of shoes....

3. Extra shoes

I could wear heels ALL DAY LONG. In fact, I'm one of those weird people who LOVES wearing heels. Being 5'2, I essentially live my entire life in heels. But do you know who doesn't love heels? The cracked, uneven, and uprooted sidewalks of Washington, DC. I had no problems wearing heels at work all day, just walking to and from. The neglected sidewalks made walking around a total pain. So do you want to rock the heels at work but not want to die on the walk home? Stash a pair of flats in that handy dandy large purse.

4. Portable charger

It's really crazy. You know what else you can fit in that purse? A portable charger. Between following GPS directions, taking Snaps of absolutely everything, and navigating the Metro, a slocal's phone can die pretty quickly. A dead phone in an unknown city can lead to getting lost, which can lead to potentially dangerous situations. Throw in that portable charger and you'll never have to worry.

5. Your resume

It's DC. Everybody is somebody. It's absolutely crazy the people you'll run into by just being out and about. Whether you're riding the Metro, out for dinner, or just exploring the city, you're bound to run into someone who can help you career-wise. What's even crazier is how impressed they'll be when you whip our your resume. It might appear desperate from your point-of-view, but there is never any harm in trying. Just like how we students are always looking for opportunity, employers are always looking for talent.

Navigating DC as a student is hard enough as it is, so hopefully, this list will ease the process and lift some of the stress. Just remember, BRING A LARGE PURSE!

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19 Things Wisconsinites Say And Do Differently

Wisconsinites are a breed of their own.

Wisconsinites are a breed of their own. They are used to living in the frozen tundra for multiple months out of the year, they are the only state to have an NFL team owned by their fans, and they're surrounded by nature. To say they're a breed of their own is an understatement! Here are 19 things Wisconsinites say and do that have to be explained to people that aren't from around here.

SEE ALSO: 15 Signs You Go To UWGB

1. "Bag"

My mom, who lives in Illinois, always teases me about how I say the word "bag." Us Wisconsinites say bag like how it's pronounced in the word bagel, but pretty much any other state says it with a short a sound, like in the word "sad."

2. Packers Game Day is Serious Business

3. We Measure Distance in Time, Not Miles

This is especially true for people that live in rural parts of the state because the closest town is so far away that it's easiest to measure distance in the amount of time it takes to get there, rather than the number of miles away it is.

4. "Up North"

"Up north" isn't a specific town or location, but we all know what it is. When someone's talking about going up north they're usually talking about a cabin in the woods near a lake somewhere in the northern part of Wisconsin. If you were to draw a straight line across the state from Eau Claire to Green Bay pretty much anything north of that is considered "up north." Your definition of "up north" depends on where you live because the people that live in Eau Claire's "up north" is probably going to be further north than the people living in Madison's "up north."

5. "Ya Know"

I don't really know why we are the only ones that say "ya know", but whenever I say it when I'm not in Wisconsin I get called out on it.

6. Rifle Season is a State Holiday

In Wisconsin, you either go deer hunting, or you know someone that does, so it's not a surprise that the week of rifle season (the same week as thanksgiving) all of the hunters take off work to go hunting. Opening weekend is known as widowers weekend because it's when all of the husbands go off hunting and the wives have the house to themselves. Many stores also have special sales and events in preparation for rifle season.

7. Going to a Home Packer Game is on Your Bucket List

It's on everybody's bucket list to go to a home Packers game, but going to a home game can be kind of pricey. But once you've been to one it's so worth the money. It's definitely a once in a lifetime experience.

8. Friday Night Fish Fry

Wisconsin is the only state I know of where a Friday fish fry every Friday are a normal thing. Pretty much everywhere else they only have a fish fry during lent, but Wisconsin took this religious event and turned it into an all year tradition.

9. We Have Town Names That Are Hard to Pronounce

If you're not from Wisconsin you probably have a hard time pronouncing names like Oconomowoc, Ashwaubenon, Sheboygan, and Weyauwega just to name a few. Trust me, we've all been there!

10. "Soda"

Our neighbors to the south call it pop, but we call sugary carbonated beverages soda.

11. We Are Too Nice

Whenever my mom comes to visit me at school she always asks why the people in Wisconsin are so nice. I can never come up with a reasonable explanation, but it's true. Wisconsin is filled with nice people. You can be talking to a stranger at the grocery tore, but feel like you're talking to a friend.

12. "Brett Favre"

If you bring his name up in conversation in Wisconsin there's sure to be some controversy. Wisconsinites either love him for everything he did while playing for the Packers, or they hate him because he left the Packers and played for two other teams, including our rivals, the Minnesota Vikings.

13. "Bubbler"

Since I was raised in Illinois I'd never heard of a bubbler until I moved here. What I'd call a water fountain, Wisconsinites call a bubbler.

14. We Are The Nation's Dairy Land

California might say they make the most milk, but we all know Wisconsin is our nation's real dairyland.

15. Brats Are Better Than Hotdogs

If you haven't had a brat you have to try one!

16. The Winter Doesn't Stop Us

Since winter usually lasts for five months or more in Wisconsin, we have to get used to the cold in the snow. We've dealt with it so much that it doesn't stop us from going about our day. Many of us even enjoy winter activities such as snowmobiling, skiing, or ice fishing. When you have winter for such a long period of time like we do you have to learn to deal with it.

17. We Take Our Beer Very Seriously

There are over 100 breweries across Wisconsin and they all offer a unique taste to their beer. You can probably find any type of beer you can think of in Wisconsin.

18. And Our Cheese

I've never been to another state that has so many different varieties of cheese. Pretty much anything you can think of they at least have it somewhere. If you've never tried fresh cheese curds it's a must! Squeaky fresh curds are the best!

19. We Could Never Imagine Living Anywhere Else

The most important thing about us Wisconsinites is we love our state and we never want to leave!

This state comes with its own unique set of traditions and mechnasisms which help it stand apart from other states. Wisconsinites are definitely one-of-a-kind, and we would not want to have it any other way.

SEE ALSO: 17 Undeniable Signs You Go To The University Of Wisconsin

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A Letter To My Friends When I'm Abroad

To some of the most important people in my life


Dear Friends,

I'm sure you know that studying abroad is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, especially for me. The ability to immerse myself in a different country with different people, culture, and lifestyle will enable me to grow tremendously. And while you know how exciting this can be, it also causes me to feel a lot of confusing emotions. Don't get me wrong, I am ecstatic to study abroad next semester, but as my departure date gets closer and closer, the reality of leaving also sets in. It is starting to hit me that I will be gone for an entire semester. It means that I won't be there for every wonderful thing you will experience in the fall, from movie nights to lunch dates to nights out.

In the next couple of weeks, I will have to exchange some goodbyes "see you later"s with you. And before the summer is over, I will be living in a new place for three and a half months...5,800 miles away. A part of me wonders how I will be able to handle the time and distance apart from you since you are some of the most important people in my life right now. Realistically, it may be difficult to communicate sometimes, but I hope this does not affect anything. I still want to hear about all your crazy stories, including funny stories from class, interesting questions you were asked on a tour, and whatever interesting events are happening on campus. Make sure to keep me in the loop. I hope you never forget that I am always a text away, and I expect to have some quality FaceTime sessions with you, no matter wherever you are in the world.

Although I know you are also upset to not see me for an entire semester, you are constantly supporting me. Just so you know, that support means the absolute world to me. Even though I may feel sad to leave Villanova for a semester, you keep me grounded, reminding me that studying abroad will be an amazing experience. You encourage me to live my best life abroad, and I know you will always be rooting for me despite the oceans that separate us. Just as I will be cheering for you nearly 6,000 miles away, ensuring that you too are living your best life.

Thank you for always believing in me.

With love,


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