By Lauren Strickfaden
As I prepare for our adventure in Washington DC all I can think of is how fortunate we are to have been given this incredible learning opportunity. I first visited DC three summers ago and absolutely fell in love with the city. I was continually awed by every landmark and museum we visited and could not seem to get enough of the history that surrounds our nation’s capital. I am very excited to have the opportunity to revisit the city with fellow students who share my excitement for knowledge and love of DC. On this trip I expect to further my knowledge of our nation’s history and learn more about our capital city, and am also very eager to revisit the beautiful landmarks that I fell in love with on my first trip.
I would be lying if I claimed to be any sort of a politics expert. As a science major I am out of the political loop, often not watching the news as much as I should and only picking up newspapers to do the sodoku and word jumble in the back. As a voting American citizen and future business professional, however, I feel it is my duty to become more politically engaged and informed. On this trip my goal is to soak up as much information as I can from teachers, fellow students, and the many political professionals we are sure to come in contact with.
While, as I said earlier, I am very excited to revisit the many landmarks, I am most excited for the inauguration itself. I remember watching Obama’s first inaugural address live four years ago in my high school US Government class. I remember being in awe thinking that one man could give a speech that would affect the lives of so many. I am excited to hear the well-spoken President give his second inaugural address live, and as I’m sure will happen, I hope the speech will be able to make Americans across the entire political spectrum feel unified and proud of our great country. I couldn’t be more excited for this opportunity and am ready to embark on my second journey to our nation’s capital!