Monday when we arrived it realy had not sunk in that we were spending Spring Break in DC. The group had a lot of fun when we met with Mark Murry the MSNBC Senior Political Editior and we got to stand and talk on one of their sets and it was incredible. I had no clue what the set was going to be like when we got there and it was just so cool to see it all when it was not on TV. Mark Murry was a really interesting guy and explained how strange this whole situation really was with Donal Trump leading the polls. what the results would be for future elections, and the status of the Republican Party and what is going to happen next. After we left Bailee had told everyone about a Bakery in George Town called the George Town Bakery which was featured on TLC for their amazing Cupcakes. They were definently worth the trip!
Tuesday was a really cold day. I had expected it to be nicer and had not even bothered to initially bring a jacket because I thought it was going to be in the 60’s when it got warmer but it stayed in the low 30’s for the entire time that we were at the Supreme Court. We thought that the trial was going to be starting at 7ish but when we arrived we had learned that they had already filled the court since 5 which was kinda a bummer. We all got to sit in on the hearing for a few minutes but I really wished we could have sat in longer. Supreme Court Hearings are really cool and the topic that day was interesting. Sitting in on the Pew Research Group and speaking to Carroll Doherty was too cool. He had a great presentation to show for our group about the differences in candidates and information about voters and the company itself.
Wednesday, visiting the Capital Hill was amazing I never thought we would be able to set foot in Capital Hill but sitting in and listening to Bethany Poulos about the current refugee crisis makes me want to get more involved and potentially work for a Senator in D.C. The Capital Hill tour was insane too, it really sunk in how much white marble they used when building everything there. Things were so neat and orderly and it was heavily guarded too because of the Brussels Bombings that had recently occured. I also began to realize that most movies and shows that portray D.C. manage to create the idea that all these Monuments and Statues are very close together when in reality they were not. We spent most of the trip traveling for 11-14 hours which I absolutely loved. If we would have hung back at the house instead I would have felt jipped out of an experience.
Thursday, the CATO institute with the Libertarians was weird but cool I guess, do not know if I would go there again. Just kinda felt like filler and I kinda dozed out during the conversation. Going to the Pullitzer Center was amazing, the building was completely silent but I had goosebumps the entire time. The photos were so moving, I had goosebumps the entire time I was there. Began to realize how soon we were going to be leaving which sucked but I was looking forward to not doing so much walking lol!
Friday was SUPER busy as it was the last day that we would really get to do stuff in D.C. We went back to the Pulitzer Center and honestly it was a major waste of time for the Students I thought as it was mainly a conversation between the Flagler Teachers and the Pulitzer people about a new opportunity that they would be trying to get Flagler to participate in. Everyone that was there thought that we (the students) shouldnt have done that. The Education Advisory Board was unbelievable too! When they explaining all the statistical evidence that they had about Flagler College it really began to set in how much they can tell about the Students off of a simple hypothesis about the letter grade we had when we took COM 101. I want to learn more/do more with this type of Political Science and might look for a job there when I graduate
Saturday sucked because we had to leave which was fun to look over the Newseum and then we had to head home. The Turbulence on the ride home was kinda scary but overall this entire trip was something I was gonna remember forever.
My favorite part of the Trip was going to Capitol Hill and speaking with Marco Rubios aids and touring the capital. There was something majestic about being there that I still cant wrap my head around. I totally want to go back there and potentially work there in the future. Everything is amazing because it was our nations capitol. All of the architecture is beautiful and you cant help but take pictures when you’re looking at it while your there. Actually being in DC was something else and it only reinforces my want to come back and work there. If it wasnt for this trip I dont think I would have thought it was anythin more than a dream.
All the locations and tourist spots really didnt surprise me with how well they were kept. Very little litter when we were near those locations but when you start to get away from the main attractions the decor and atmosphere begins to change. You go from amazing marble architecture and design to old shoes and abandoned garbage strewn about the streets and sidewalks. You really begin to notice the disparities of living when you have to travel into DC. What I mentioned earlier was how far apart everything really is from one another. The Lincoln Memorial looks very close in relation to
I think Students should do this in the future for Spring Break because it was actually a ton of fun. Seeing all the tourist spots and meeting all the people we were introduced to was a once in a lifetime event that I will remember forever. Students will get a taste of DC and the innerworkings of our Capitol in the future when they take this Trip and I thin every Student should see our Capitol. Everything that was planned for the week was amazing and I couldnt have asked for anything better!This entry was posted in 2016, Washington D.C.