The D. C. Holiday Party Circuit

The D. C. Holiday Party Circuit

Since I've been back, I've been told countless times that D.C. is a networking town. From what I've seen, they do it well. I've been pursuing opportunities to mix and mingle and have had a really good time of it so far. As someone fairly new to adulthood, it's bizarre having to get my ID checked so that I can enter the place I'm hanging out, but most of these parties were 21+. I went to all but one party alone. My goals were to meet new people, find out what's going on in D.C., meet other creatives, and figure out which associations are worth joining. The ratings below are based on those goals. Here's what I found:

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How To Get Into Harvard

How To Get Into Harvard

During my junior spring semester at Harvard I started a 4-part series of videos called "How to Get Into Harvard" in response to questions from viewers on my YouTube channel.  This year I finished up the last of them. In these videos you'll find my essential tips - things to do, personality traits to have, how to tackle the application, and my experience. In the associated playlist you'll find tips specific to certain areas of applying, and snapshots of my experience. 

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YouTube Creator Days - Boston & D.C.

YouTube Creator Days - Boston & D.C.

I was lucky to be able to catch 2 YouTube Creator days, one in Boston and one in D.C. Creator Days are events facilitated by YouTube to connect and educate creators in places around the world that don't have a YouTube spaces. Both days I attended were held on a Friday from around 9am-5pm. The timing surprised me because I'd suppose that most people who are on YouTube aren't doing it full time, meaning they probably have a job to work during those hours, but people still made it out. Both Creator Days were held in the local Google offices, and were free to attend.

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Primark Comes to Boston + Haul

Primark Comes to Boston + Haul

I am all about getting fashionable clothes for cheap, so when I heard that Primark was opening up a location in Boston (and then googled Primark to see what it was) I had to go check it out. I was impressed. They give you huge bags in which to place all your goodies, and the location has 4 stories covering everything from women's, men's, intimates, shoes, children's and home. I've been back twice and every time the store is buzzing.

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Working at IDEO

Working at IDEO

Working at IDEO has been absolutely amazing - just like it's chalked up to be. Big open spaces, collaboration, brainstorming, ideating, prototyping, and no cubicles to be seen. Right after I graduated, I was hired as an intern to film the Bits + Blocks program run by IDEO and hosted at the Harvard iLab for two months. The program was around venture design, using Bitcoin technology to build startups based on community needs and, of course, human centered design. They took 25 students, from rising sophomores to those who had recently completed a graduate degree, and guided them through design entrepreneurship.

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