An Arizonan’s new beginning in the East Coast

WOW! I have never seen so much green in my life! That was my first impression of Washington, D.C. Being born and raised in Arizona, where you only saw dry dirt and rocks growing up, you become very fascinated with the many trees, soft grass, and wet environment. The first day I was in Washington, D.C., I came to conclusion that D.C. is “the city that never sleeps.” Never have I traveled to a city that is so actively awake before the sun and does not shut down until 3 in the morning or later. I have also realized that you will not go a day without seeing at least ten groups of tourists. These tourists’ groups are from all over the world and all different ages. The ages range from sixth grade students to geriatrics. I have never used public transportation before I came to Washington, D.C. so I was kind of hesitant to use it at first because I always heard horror stories about how dirty, dark, and dangerous the metro stations are. I knew it would be the only way for me to get around the city so I obviously had to get used to it, but little did I know Washington, D.C. surprisingly has a very clean metro system. When walking around a new city you are of course, much more observant because you want to learn as much as possible, quickly. With that being said, I noticed the first week I was here that there is an abundance of diversity. On every street there are more than three authentic restaurants to eat at, just on my street, on Connecticut Avenue, we have Italian, Indian, Portuguese, German, and a Japanese restaurant. I cannot forget to mention the museums and monuments. Never have I ever seen so much rich history and culture in one area. The buildings are incredibly old but still in perfect shape and something very interesting about the buildings is that they look completely different during the night than they do during the day. My favorite part about the monuments and museums is the incredibly huge emphasis they have on war.

 

I am very ecstatic about this summer and to see what my future has in store for me. Networking is always going to be a big part of my life and there is no better place than our Nation’s Capital to do it. The number one, top of the top on my bucket list of things to do in D.C. is to visit the National Law Enforcement Museum. The museum is still under construction, so I am hoping the building will be complete before I depart, so I can check that off my list. I am also looking forward to meeting professionals that have the same interest as I, career wise and being able to talk to them about how to get started on my path to victory. One last thing, I am looking forward to the many opportunities I will receive to hear President Trump speak and to the day I meet him. In all honesty there is not one thing I am not looking forward to about Washington, D.C. because you know, IT IS WASHINGTON, D.C.!!!!!

 

LOL… PLEASE I BEG YOU! STAY ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE ESCALATOR IF YOU ARE WANTING TO STAND AND NOT WALK! I have only been here for about a week and a half and I am already fed up with the pedestrians that do not follow this unspoken rule. I learned this lesson the hard way, when I forgot the rule and was aggressively pushed to the left side by a woman running to her train. Yes, I use the metro station a lot here, but sometimes I do not feel like walking that mile to a metro stop so I will use Lyft. In Arizona Lyft surges are out of this world and a mile trip can cost you about $15, but a mile trip in the District costs you maybe $5 give or take at any time of the day. Transportation is inexpensive here, so I now understand why everyone uses it. I am definitely a girl that wears heels absolutely everywhere and when I say everywhere I mean even to the grocery a majority of the time. In D.C., you do not do that, the streets are uneven, everything is up and down and hill, and you walk literally everywhere you go. So all I am going to say is if you are one of those women that wear heels everywhere bring flats as well.

 

Until next time,

 

MeKenna Carman

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