This time last year I was preparing for my internship in Washington D.C. I miss that city. Here are some of the things I miss the most.
1. Seeing the Capitol Dome from my apartment window. Who wouldn’t want to wake up every morning with the statue of Freedom smiling down at you?
2. The historicalness of it all. There are literally monuments/memorials everywhere, not to mention the all the museums, and my favorite, the National Archives. Even the air you breath feels imbued with significance.
3. Singing hymns with 1000 people. This is also something I miss about college.
4. My internship. I loved the work I did. I loved the people I worked alongside. I loved the constant transmission of knowledge they provided. If they asked me to come back, I would.
5. Ease of access to political information. For some strange reason, I was much more politically informed during my internship than I am now. Not sure why. . . .
6. Snow. I demand compensation for the cold in the form of snow. D.C. is well compensated. Nothing looks better in snow than the Lincoln Memorial.
A lot of things changed during my internship in our nation’s capitol including my Facebook. We all know that Facebook is notorious for monitoring its users to provide the NSA–I mean–advertisers with better information. Now instead of just getting a “You-Won’t-Believe-This-Celebrity’s-Secret-That-She-Kept-For-Years” ads I also have “Save-the-Growler” ads. I did a fair amount of research on the EA-18 Growler during my internship. By the way, it is a pretty awesome airplane and I totally support buying more for the Navy. Obviously, Facebook found out.
Ads aren’t the only thing to change. My newsfeed is now full of political information from my new friends. It’s great! (Except, I’m thinking about blocking the libertarians–they’re getting on my nerves 😛 ) Through my friends I’m learning about a broad range of topics that I don’t normally keep up with. While I would never ever recommend Facebook as your main source of news, having friends who are passionate about government is a definite plus.
It is strange how you can use your favorite search engine to find information on one topic and have results for something completely different.
This week, I was searching for:
The United States Air Force: resulting in environmental articles.
Robert Work Nomination as Deputy Secretary of Defense: resulting in news about the Oscars.
Articles written by Christopher Harmon on Terrorism: resulting in articles on liver disease, acne scar treatment and “Identification of Fatty Acids, Phospholipids, and Their Oxidation Products Using Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption Ionization Mass Spectrometry and Electrospray Ionization Mass Spectrometry.”
My first two weeks in D.C. have been one new experience after another. A mix of the incredible, the frightening, the awe-inspiring, the blissful. Here are some of the highlights, in order of occurrence.