What Did Washington Mean?

10 May

What does it take make memories that last a lifetime? What does it take to challenge all the preconceived notions of a field that you thought you knew?  Is this what I want to do? All I know is that these questions were answered by the Washington Semester program. It was an amazing experience. Now being back in St. Louis, I recognize how lucky I was this semester to be in Washington DC. And it finally hit me, it was the people (students, professors and friends in other programs) that made this special. The people who challenge us to make us better everyday, the people who stay up to watch “House of Cards” on Thursdays, the people who literally kicked down doors to make me experience the city and all of the unforgettable memories that we had along the way. That’s what made this semester special; the people that I got to share it with.

That is why Washington is so unforgettable. Seeing over 600,000 people go to the inauguration of a president, the protests outside the Supreme Court for the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act, the people who work at all of the various news organizations that we visited and the people in our class. People are working together to create something for the common good. It was beautiful.

While it is sad that the program has come to an end, I know that I will be contact with my journalism classmates for years to come. So to Jazmin Brito, Rachel Fazio, Alyssa Goard,Ingvild Grendstad, Jess Krueger, Arlind Maurer, Megan O’Malley, Dylan Planeta, Brad Whitaker, Kelsey Donohue and Nobu Tanaka you all were the best I will miss you all and thanks for making the experience so memorable.

All of you have bright futures ahead of you and I look forward to seeing you all again. So that’s it from my time in Washington, it seems like only yesterday that it all started. I have one more year of school and then I graduate from Saint Louis. I think Washington is in the plans for the future, but I still have a long way to go. So until then, let’s just hope the future will bring me as much joy and happiness as this past semester has brought me.



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