This first week in D.C. has been a hectic plethora of trying to figure out how much of a professional adult we are really are. It’s almost as if you took the TV show “So You Think You Can Dance” and turned it into “So You Think You Can Intern In Washington D.C.”. We are trying to figure out not only how to navigate the metro system but also how to stand on one side of the escalator. It has also been a challenge trying to steer such a big group of us in the right direction all at once.
When I first came to Washington D.C. I had a very generic vision of what I thought it would be like. Everyone is dressed very professional, everyone looks important, everything is very fast-paced, it is going to be humid, etc. While I still hold these assumptions to be true, I didn’t expect so much hospitality. Most people that we have encountered have been very empathetic of our current situation. Most of them have been in our place at some point in their lives, and they are more than willing to share their experiences and advice with us.
My first impressions of D.C. this week were very positive. The energy here is unlike any other. You feel the static of ambition and devotion pulsing through the air. There is also a little bit of stress and anxiety mixed in. But it seems as if the locals do a very good job at masking this. It also seems as if all the people here do multiple activities besides work. Everyone has an outlet, a not related to work hobby/activity. But the biggest impression I had was that D.C. is a city filled with passion. The people here, and even most of the interns and temps, are infatuated with this historic and lively barrio. Once they dip their toes in the water, they are ready to dive in, head first.
This summer I look forward to completely submerging myself into D.C. culture. I would like to go to all the museums. I would like to learn about U.S. history while also experiencing it everyday. I want to not only learn about the nations history but also contribute to our nations future.
I look forward to being involved and celebrating holiday’s in a way that I never have before. For example, my first full day here happened to be Memorial Day, and we took a trip to the Arlington Cemetery where we got to see the President speak, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers, the Wreath Laying Ceremony, the graves of the Kennedy’s, and much more. When I went into the cemetery that day I was not expecting a very intimate and sentimental ambiance. It made me realize what the holiday is really about, and I’m glad I got to witness this first hand.
I look forward to the Fourth of July and being in the middle of the hustle and bustle. I look forward to eating my way through D.C. and trying a bunch of new food places. I look forward to meeting some amazing new people. I look forward to networking. I look forward to mastering my 30 second elevator pitch. I look forward to learning from my peers. I look forward to making life long friends with my fellow Capital Scholars and becoming a family.
The opportunities here are endless. There’s so much to do and so little time. Even people that I’ve met so far that have lived here for years still say that they haven’t done everything that they want to do. My main goal is to do as much as humanly possible. This is the summer of ambition.
So far this week I have learned how to make friends and acquaintances, and how to make them fast. Networking is definitely everything. Don’t be afraid to reach out to people, and ask questions. Never say no to exploring. Definitely never say no to food or coffee. Keeping an open mind is very important. And most importantly I learned that this experience is going to be whatever I make it. So as long as I keep true to my goals and have fun in my program and my internship, I know that this is going to be one of the most rewarding summers. D.C. has quickly become a home away from home, and it was very easy to get comfortable here. We are only half way through the second week and I’m having an amazing time. I can only imagine what these next seven and half weeks are going to bring us. Stay tuned 🙂