By Lucas Mueller
Throughout our time in Washington, D.C., there were many pictures taken by almost everyone. I’m personally guilty of snapping over 400… Five of those photo in particular help explain most of what the trip entailed for the class.
1. On the first full day of the trip, the 25 excited students were split into groups of five before setting out to learn how to navigate around Washington, D.C. Learning to use the Metro and how the streets were laid out was something that quickly became more important than most would think. Some points of interest were easy to get to, but some required a transfer on the Metro, which most students would not have been able to do if it was not for the first day’s exploring activity.
2. Learning how to navigate throughout Washington, D.C. quickly became a crucial bit of information to know when the group had a little free time. A common interest that most of the class had was cupcakes. With almost every chance they had, many students tried to get to the closest cupcake shop and see what they had to offer. I’m not sure if any other students would care to admit just how many cupcake they consumed, but I had four. This many seem like a lot cupcakes for one eleven-day class trip, but I know for a fact that there is a good number of students that may have had twice as many as I did!
3. When a person travels to Washington, D.C., it’s almost impossible for them not to visit the many monuments and memorials that the city has to offer. Luckily during our very busy stay, the class had the opportunity to do this exact thing. Among the visited tourist sites were the Lincoln Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial, Vietnam Memorial as well as many others. Seeing the various historical landmarks was incredible and definitely something I would recommend to all!
4. Throughout our entire time in Washington, D.C., the Drake University alumni were incredibly helpful! They were all very willing to meet with us and explain what it is like to start a career and live in the nation’s capital! One visit that the group was particularly impressed with was bowling in the Truman Bowling Alley. Drake University alumnus, Zachary Nunn, Director of Cybersecurity for the National Security Staff at the White House, was nice enough to arrange for the class to have a pizza party in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building and then go bowling in the Truman Bowling Alley afterwards. For me personally, this was an amazing experience and definitely is something that I will never forget.
5. Even though there was good amount of fun being had on our trip, there also had to be some form of academic assignments involved. The Drake students were constantly updating our class blog and posting stories of the many adventures that we had. At first, the blog was mainly made to keep family and friends informed of what the class was doing each day, but it was also viewable by the public. Throughout the eleven days, the Drake In DC blog became more and more popular; in one day we almost had 2000 views! Various news groups were also hearing about our blog! Professor Rachel Paine Caufield along with Drake University students, Drew Kaufman and Katherine Fritcke, got the opportunity to speak with Iowa Public Radio about the experiences they had been having during the trip. Multiple students were also interviewed by the WEBN Boston news group!
Although there are A TON of photos to look at now that we are back from our trip, I am so glad that each and every one of them were taken. Every photo brings back a different memory that was had. I will most likely be looking back at these pictures quite often to remember what an amazing time I had while in Washington, D.C.