Anna’s Picture of the Day, Fun Fact, and Step Tracker!

Hey y’all! Another day, another picture, another fact, and many more strides.

Today we followed the regular routine by starting out with more fantastic lectures by more experts in some incredible fields. Our first lecturer was Mo Elleithee, the Executive Director of Georgetown Institute of Politics and Public Service McCourt School of Public Policy. In his lecture, he talked about “the great sort”. “The great sort” has to do with people surrounding themselves with people who share the same values, income level, and political beliefs. I thought this was really intriguing because it made me question how much of this was due to humans involuntarily preferring to be around people similar to themselves, and how much of this is due to the way the country is set up. For example, people living near other people who share the same income levels because it is in an area where the houses all cost the same it is simply the only thing people in that specific income level can afford. This also ties into things like education level because people who have similar educational experiences often make similar amounts of money. This can also be connected to things like race and geographical level and so forth.

Then we heard from three experts, Dr. Alina Polyakova, a David M. Rubenstein Fellow, Foreign Policy, The Brookings Institution, Nile Gardiner, Director, Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom, The Heritage Foundation, and Barbara Slavin, Director, Future of Iran Initiative, Atlantic Council. I was very much in awe at the way they were talking and felt incredibly lucky to be able to be in a room learning from these people, who are experts in some of the world’s most pressing concerns at the moment. I felt like I was officially in DC.

Then we went to Politico and met with Drake alum, Jane Norman. She showed us the newsroom and let us ask two education reporters questions. It was VERY cool. We talked about how you don’t need a journalism degree to become a journalist, as long as you’re capable and can prove you’re determined and hardworking, it can be an option for you too!

Following that theme, we talked to another Drake alum, Nicole Peckum who majored in Exercise Science, but now works for the city of DC’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency. She works around the clock to help protect the citizens of the city of DC from things like weather emergency and terrorism.

In honor of Nicole, my picture of the day is of one of the metro stations. We came across the longest escalator yet today on our way to Politico. It was HUGE and seemed like something that big should be illegal. I mean this thing was gigantic!

My fun fact of the day is about two of the presidents who have lived in the White House. Two presidents kept alligators as pets during their time in the White House, the first being Herbert Hoover and the second was John Quincy Adams. I’m not quite sure where they got them from since alligators aren’t native to the DC/Virginia area, but it sounds really awesome. I mean heck if you’re president why not do something wacky to be remembered by?!

And finally, the step tracker. Today I took 11,020 steps, walked 5.56 miles and climbed 5 flights of stairs. Absolutely wild if you ask me!

Thanks for coming back for another day and I hope to see you all tomorrow for another update!

-Anna G.

Don’t forget to keep checking out the hashtag, #drakeindc for more photos and updates from my peers!



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