Crystal Liu (Brookings John L. Thornton China Center)

The first month in DC, it was more like letting myself absorb the atmosphere as much as possible. I took a while to settle in, arranging things like setting a reading goal for the summer, finding a comfortable running route, deciding a workout plan, and forming a good group of friends. As the second month approached, I found myself already experienced in dealing with different situations at work, at home, or at networking scenes. Therefore, I let myself follow the rhythm and decided to explore DC more aggressively. And here follows are some quotes from my conversations with different people that I hold dearly to heart.

  •  The underlying principal of effective networking is to engage other people into your journey.
  • Take the chances to try cool things. You are young.
  • Build on the character in the time of chaos, and then you will be able to either deal with it gracefully or fight it back elegantly.
  • You are extremely lucky.



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