This Is Just the Beginning

As I reflect on my Capital Scholar journey, I remember everyone telling me at the beginning that this summer will go by very quickly. As my previous experiences have always told me, my elders’ advice is always something you should take to heart. I have visited a lot of places in DC, and couldn’t be more satisfied with my federal internship experience. It has been a bittersweet journey, and I hate saying goodbyes, but I know I will see everyone here again and will make sure to visit DC to touch base with the friends I have made here! That being said, the Two Tramps in Mud time poem really resonated quite well with my DC experience. In particular, the first stanza which mentioned the tramps trying to take a job for money while at the same time taunting the speaker by saying to make sure to chop the oaks well really went well with the culture of DC. In DC, you cannot stop, life keeps going at very high speeds here, and if you can’t adapt, maybe a Tramp might take your job. This in a sense emphasizes the materialistic nature of big cities and how nihilistic our existence really is. However, this was quickly rebutted by John Frost in the next couple stanzas, where he went into great detail describing nature’s beauties. This was a contrast in my opinion because Frost wanted to display the very small details that make life memorable. I can relate to this really well because I knew from the beginning that my time here was very limited, so I made sure to take nothing for granted. It was a blessing that my trek to work every day also involved passing by the capitol, and every time I saw it I have been in awe. The other part of the poem that stood out to me was the part of the changing weather. In my head, I thought this stanza was perfect for describing DC’s very stingy weather. One time I remember walking back from work when it was completely dry out and in a matter of about 5 minutes it was raining cats and dogs. Another part of the poem that resonated well with me was the part where Frost mentions how the speaker ended up working harder when the two Tramps told him to work harder. In this scenario and towards the second to last stanza, the speaker mentions how the Tramps are woodcutting out of need, not love.

All in all, I think the most important experience I got from this summer trip from reading John Frost’s poem was to take everything seriously, don’t chase after money if your passion isn’t genuine, and appreciate the minutiae details that make life worth it. This summer has truly been an awesome experience, and I have made memories that I will never forget and keep with me for the rest of my life.

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