Thankful For DC

By Emma Kate Sowder| December 4, 2019

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As my time in DC begins to draw to a close and with Thanksgiving last week, I’ve been thinking a lot about what I am thankful for. So, I thought I would give a run-down of the top five things I am thankful for from my DC semester!

  1. My WISH Housing

One of the things I am the most thankful for is my WISH housing! Being able to live on Capitol Hill in proximity to the Supreme Court, Library of Congress, Union Station, and of course the Capitol itself, has made this experience exponentially better. Being able to walk past such beautiful architecture will truly never get old. It makes me so sad to think of leaving DC, my commute to class won’t include white marble, pillars, and beautiful statues. Furthermore, being able to travel through Union Station so often and see the architecture there and go to the multiple stores (and two Starbucks) they have. The convenience of living on the Hill and the beauty of the Capitol will be one of the things I miss the most when I return to Columbus.

  1. My Internship

Having the privilege of working at world’s leading Think Tanks in foreign policy is something that I am extremely thankful for. Being able to be surrounded by such thoughtful and inquisitive minds, while also being able to complete and publish research of my own has been a dream come true. I am so glad that I was able to work at a think tank and experience all I have experienced. I am so thankful for all my peers there and all the ways they have pushed me to be a better writer and professional.

  1. My Amazing Roommates

Number three on the thankful list is my AMAZING roommates. While we didn’t all know each other before we moved into our WISH house, they have truly become the best of my DC experience. They have been my shopping buddies (probably too much), my Trader Joes pals, the Brutus to my Buckeye and so much more this semester. I am so thankful I was able to share this semester with him and explore all the parts of DC alongside them.

  1. Exploring

On the note of exploring, I am very thankful to have been able to use the Metro to explore this beautiful city! From Navy Yard to the Warf, to Georgetown, Dupont, Old Alexandria, Arlington, Virginia, Maryland…. We have done it all! Being able to explore the city has truly been a privilege and I am so thankful for how much of the city I have been able to see. There are so many hidden gems throughout the DMV and I highly recommend seeing as much as you can! Especially lesser traveled places, like the cute town that is Old Alexandria.

  1. DC Restaurants

And last, but certainly not least, is the FOOD in the DC area! While I will say it’s not cheap eating out, if you do it every once in awhile, it can be delicious and affordable! I especially love breakfast food and Teds Bulletin has it all day every day! Pictured above.

I truly have loved every minute of this semester and I am so thankful for WISH and for DC!

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