Monday, June 7, 2010

Greetings from Washington D.C.

Hello All!

Here it goes, my first blog entry ever! How fitting, for it comes at the start of what is sure to be a very exciting summer. Having said, this entry will be dedicated to filling you all in.

First, my name is Jesse Schaefer. I am a 19 year old, rising junior from Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland and am majoring in Sociology. Please do not ask me: "What are you going to do with that?" because the truth is, that I do not know...yet. But, that is what this summer is all about, exploring an interest (passion?) of mine: service.

One of my favorite activities on campus is acting as co-chair of the Service Council so when I received an email from my advisor about a summer internship program called the Institute for Philanthropy and Voluntary Service (or IPVS as I will now call it), I was ecstatic. The program is one of four institutes sponsored by TFAS-The Fund for American Studies. IPVS provides undergraduates with the experience of a lifetime by hooking them up with a professional internship in Washington D.C. [To learn more about IPVS, you can visit ] Once I read about the program, I was hooked so, even though the program was already in its 'extended deadline,' I took a chance and applied. A few weeks later, lo and behold, I'm in!

So, after several months of waiting anxiously, I finally began my summer adventure yesterday on Sunday, June 6th, 2010, when I moved in to my apartment in Henle Village on the Georgetown University campus.

You see, the program is, as my blog's title suggests (Live.Learn.Intern), a three part experience. (And, no, I did not come up with that title, it's the program's slogan, but I could not think of anything more fitting to describe what this summer will be). OK, so back to my plans this summer. I will...

#1. be living in D.C. on the Georgetown campus. In fact, I live in an apartment with four other girls: Hayley, Sara, Abby and Renee. I am sure that they will come up later.

#2. be taking a total of 3 classes, 4 nights a week here at Georgetown.

#3. be working as an intern 5 days a week for the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE).

If that's not enough to keep me busy, I don't know what is.

So, let the mayhem begin. Stick with me as I conquer the transit system and try not to starve while cooking for myself.

See you all next time,

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