January 22, 2012
As of this writing, I've had a full two days of work at National Strategies and a week of living in a new city, and needless to say, it's a huge change of pace. As I noted in the last post, the apartment is great, but what I've really gotten familiar with over the past few days is the city itself. This is no doubt in part a result of my daily commute, as well as some adventures elsewhere. I'd never been to Washington before, but I talked to a lot of people about this semester, and all were quick to affirm DC as an incredible city, and from what I can tell, they were not off the mark. It combines the fun and hustle and bustle of any metropolitan area, vibrant with life and culture, all in the presence of the capital, history and a number of national landmarks. Just yesterday, for example, I met up with one of my best friends from home who goes to The George Washington University, and we played football with a bunch of his buddies on the National Mall. In between plays about ten minutes into the game, I realized I was a block away from the Lincoln Memorial and to my left I could see the Washington Monument towering over the surrounding buildings. It's easy to see why the city is special, because I can't think of many other places where you could take in such an experience.
On Wednesday, everyone on my program traveled to the Newseum, which in itself was a great time (I'm not typically a huge museum-fan), but one of the highlights was towards the end a few of us went out on the balcony on the highest floor. This balcony overlooked Pennsylvania Avenue, and it was really cool to look at out one of the most recognizable streets in the city with buildings of significant national importance in all directions.
What's really exciting is the thought that I've hardly even begun to explore the city to the fullest. When the weather starts to pick up, so will my touring DC, and I have little doubt that it'll make for great journal material, so stay tuned.
That said, it's time to go watch the Giants smoke the 49ers...it's going to be a good day.
Major / Minor: Public Policy / Hispanic Studies
Activities: soccer, WHCL DJ, The Spectator, Operation Smile
Favorite pastimes: Spending too much time following soccer, midnight breakfast at the diner, late night video game sessions, wasting time at Opus, watching reruns of The Office, napping and playing obnoxiously loud music
Hometown: Maplewood, N.J.
High School: Columbia High School