DC Update 1


For those of you who don’t know, after several interviews in December I was chosen to go to Washington, D.C. for an internship in a Texas congressman’s office.  I moved up here January 12, and will move back to Texas May 12.  I am living in Arlington (Crystal City), Virginia in an apartment with five other girls from A&M who are doing internships.  There are 13 other Aggies in the Agricultural and Natural Resources Policy (ANRP) Internship Program with me, and then another nine in our sister program, the Public Policy Internship Program (PPIP) that are all living in this apartment complex.
This Monday will be the first day of my fifth week in D.C.  Work is going great; I’m not making NEARLY as much coffee as I thought I would!  I’m becoming an expert at sorting every kind of mail imaginable instead!  Thankfully mail sorting has proven to be far more educational than the coffee making.  It’s great to get to read what people write about because I learn about a broad range of issues every day.  One of the hotter topics in our office right now is one you might of heard of: the Rangel Rule.  The congressman I work for, John Carter introduced that legislation!  We’ve been getting calls from all over the country about it.
This past week I went to capitol tour training to learn what to say and where to go when I take constituents on tours of the capitol.  The only bad thing about it is that I have to study the materials they gave us–difficult when registered for 12 hours with A&M this semester along with working full-time and sightseeing!
But enough of plain words for now.  Here are some pictures so you can see what I’ve been up to!
Week One: My roommate Megan and me.  This was our second day in D.C. and we had just finished meeting everyone at our offices.
Week One: Megan and me on our first day of work (January 15) outside of my office – Cannon House Office Building

Week Two: Jaci (Texas Tech intern who works with me) and me at the Black Tie and Boots Inaugural Ball.  They invited Texas interns to come and volunteer for two hours during the event in order to attend the rest of the ball without paying $200+ for a ticket!

Week Two: I had a ticket to the inauguration to stand on the National Mall but the crowds were insane, they stopped admitting people because one of the entrances let people without tickets in, and it was cold so I watched from one of the house office buildings and this was the view out of the window.

Week Two: On inauguration day, I was supposed to meet my roommate at her office in the morning, but she got shaken up from the crowds and decided to go back home when she got to work after it had taken her two hours to get there (it’s normally about thirty minutes)!  I met the girl in this picture, Gina, at the metro station in Crystal City and we ended up hanging out the whole day.  She got me to inauguration (the stop where I would have gotten off was so packed underground that you could barely get off of the train), and I got her into the office building where we watched it!

Week Two: Arlington Cemetery with some of the other Aggie interns.

Week Two: The most gigantic piece of pizza I have ever seen at Jumbo Slice Pizza in the Adams Morgan district.

Week Three: On our way to work on our first snow day.

Week Three: Victoria, our staff assistant/intern coordinator and me outside of the office.

Week Three: View from the Old Post Office building in D.C.

Week Four: Me at the pentagon yesterday morning

Week Four: Marine Corps Memorial yesterday

Where I’ve been so far:

U.S. Capitol
Freer Gallery of Art
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
National Museum of African Art
Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden
National Air and Space Museum
WWII Monument
Washington Monument (just not inside of it yet!)
Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial
Lincoln Memorial
Ford’s Theatre (again, not inside yet because it wasn’t open until Feb 3)
the Friendship Arch in Chinatown
National Portrait Gallery
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Freedom Plaza
Old Post Office
Lincoln Theatre (outside)
Ben’s Chili Bowl
Smithsonian National Zoo
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
Arlington National Cemetery
Marine Corps War Memorial (Iwo Jima)
The Pentagon Memorial
Air Force Memorial