By Emily Wilson
The last time I was in D.C. I was 14 and immature. Now six years later and little more mature, I could not be more excited to head back to the city. I was instantly drawn to the trip because I’m majoring in Politics at Drake, along with Law, Politics and Society (LPS). I love the learning opportunities Drake has given me but I cannot wait for the experience this trip to D.C. will bring me.
The inauguration is a historical moment and the part of the next weeks I am most eager about. While it is not the man I was hoping to be up there, I am still overjoyed that I will be in attendance. I’m interested to hear what the President will say about the economy’s current state and his plans to change it. I am also curious about the crowd and the crowd’s reactions, as it is his second inauguration and some of the excitement may be gone.
I want to see D.C. in a different way by the end of the trip. When I think Washington, I think the National Capital and The White House, never a working, vibrant city. With politics and law being my main interests and career field choices, I want to learn about the opportunities D.C. has for a girl like me. I can’t wait to meet those who have made a life in D.C. and hear how they got where they did.
The part of the trip that I hope sticks with me forever is being in The White House. When I heard we were getting the opportunity of a tour and to bowl, I did not even know what to say. That is one of my bucket list items that I will now be able to cross off, thanks to Drake.
Whether it is the day we are in The White House or at the inauguration, I know I will be enjoying every minute of it. The experiences I will have and the people I will meet will hopefully impact my goals and aspirations in the future and help put me in the right direction. I also can’t forget about the amazing learning experience this will be and I know this class will give me much more knowledge on such a historical moment.