By Emily Grimm
At the end of a hectic day filled with White House tours, guest speakers, and hoping metro trains, a nice hot shower and warm bed sounds like a dream.
Most of our readers are probably wondering where we spend our tireless nights and the few spare moments of free time during the day. Well I’ll let you in on a little secret; we are not in a hotel. There is no maid service, no pool, or any warm cookies at the front desk.
Rest assured we are in one of the safest buildings the northeast side has ever seen. The Washington Center stands in prominence in the NOMA (North of Massachusetts) neighborhood of D.C.
The center was created to house students interning and studying in Washington D.C. for the fall and spring semesters. The establishment also created smaller seminars during off periods for January and summer months.
To bring comfort to our parents, the Washington Center is under 24-hour security surveillance. A swipe card must be used to enter the building where we are greeted by a front desk security guard who must verify our IDs.
As we enter the elevators and head to the 3rd floor, “The Drake Wing,” we separate into our groups of four to enter our apartments. Each suite has two bedrooms with two beds accompanied with dressers and adjoining full bathrooms and walk in closets. The apartments also
include a fully furnished living room and dining room. The kitchen is not only equipped with a full size fridge, oven, and dishwasher, but the cupboards are filled with any cooking utensils we may need. As an added bonus, each apartment has a washer and dryer that don’t require coins! (Which came as a bit of a shock for us college kids.)
Level “P1” recreates any academic building on college campuses. This level has interactive computer labs, various classrooms for groups to meet, a full sized auditorium for speakers, and a workout facility to sweat off those last minute calories.
The Washington Center has not only provided students with safe housing, but has allowed for an interactive learning environment and independent living conditions.