By Larissa Wurm
I’ve been counting down the days for this trip since I signed up for it almost a year ago.
We hear about Washington, D.C. all the time. It is a place, but it also represents a group of people; the people we elect, the people they choose as their staff, and a number of political groups. It is a place where our elected personnel make decisions that affect our everyday lives. It’s s the home to the White House, the Supreme Court, the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, and so much more.
But I’ve never been there. I’ve only seen the pictures and the videos they play on the news. Washington is almost like some great mythical place that is a home for all things political.
As our national capital, Washington, D.C. is a place that everyone wants to visit at some point in their lives – especially young, politically involved people like some of us are. I could only dream of working in such a place. Not only am I thrilled to be visiting our nation’s capital, I’m also excited that we are going to be witnessing a historical moment – the Presidential Inauguration. It is the swearing in of the person who is going to be leading us and representing us. Regardless of one’s political opinions, going and seeing an inauguration is a very exciting opportunity – and President Obama is known for being a phenomenal speaker.
During our excursion, I expect to learn. About anything and everything. We aren’t going to be reading history – we are going to be living it (which, if you ask me, is the best way to do it). Not only that, we will be sightseeing and visiting historical monuments. We will be meeting a ton of speakers and people – people I hope to work for someday.
From what we are told about our trip, we are going to be doing something 24/7. Like I already mentioned, we are going to be listening to speakers, sightseeing, meeting with different groups, and also community service. It sounds like we will barely even have the time to sleep. Those are the times I find the most exciting and the most fun. I can’t wait to see what comes of this experience.
See you all in DC!