Tuesday, July 24, 2012

1789

A tall, elegant building greeted us as we walked through the gates of Georgetown University in Washington D.C.

Today, we were to sit in on an informational session, as well as take a tour of the esteemed institution. We welcomed the blast of cold air once inside, and searched the crowded room for an empty seat.

The session only lasted roughly half an hour, but it was still thorough in its showcasing of Georgetown. The university offered a wide range of excellent programs, with a strong emphasis on a liberal arts education. There are specific schools within the college that students must indicate a preference for when applying; these include the Walsh School of Foreign Service, McDonough School of Business, and more. 

One of the undergraduate programs offered that I am interested in is International Health; being in D.C., a plethora of resources and internship opportunities are at the fingertips of Georgetown's students. Additionally, the small classroom sizes provide an intimate classroom setting where a student-professor relationship exist. 

Perhaps one of the most exciting aspects of the school is, as mentioned earlier, the location of it. Extraordinary guest speakers, which have in the past included President Obama and other notable figures, visit Georgetown to lecture - the numerous federal buildings located within miles of the school make occasions like these possible.

Standing on the original steps where presidents, such as George Washington & Abraham Lincoln, stood to deliver speeches.


After a quick tour around the campus, we hopped on a bus back to the National Mall to see the majestic structure of the White House sitting neatly before the trimmed lawn. Unfortunately, the President is not in town; we did, however, get to snap a quick picture or two before making our way to the various museums in D.C.

Outside the lovely White House.

The U.S. Treasury.
We visited the National Museum of American History and browsed the abundant exhibits of historic artifacts. 

The Greensboro lunch counters where students held sit-ins.

George Washington's sitting stool and other various items.

Touching a chunk of the Berlin Wall!

Standing in front of Ulyssess Grant's carriage!


We were beginning to run short on time, so we headed over to the National Archives to see the one and only signed copy of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. To my dismay, the documents have begun to show signs of severe aging - some pages are barely decipherable as the ink fades. This is the cause for rules to be implemented that forbid photography in the building.


I very much appreciate the fact the rich history of our country that we had the opportunity to encounter today.

In front of 1789 for supper.

As evening approached, my cohort and I arrived at 1789 for dinner with seven students/alumni from Georgetown. We had the wonderful opportunity to speak with them regarding their experiences in the university, discussing topics such as campus housing and the vermin in the city. Most had to agree that D.C. was a charming city;  I can't help but acquiesce to that claim. There are many things that set Georgetown apart from other institutions, but I think the most prominent one is the fact that D.C. is bursting with opportunities for students to engage in internships and begin gathering valuable experience in their field of study. 

It was a pleasant way to bring the evening to an end. Tomorrow, we will board a train to Philadelphia and continue on our educational endeavors. 

1 comment:

  1. Love the picture of y'all in front of 1789! If you end up applying to Georgetown (and I hope you do!), please don't hesitate to email me at avk26@georgetown.edu. I'd be happy to put you in touch with some of my friends who are International Health majors so that you can learn more about the program specifically. Enjoy the rest of your trip!
    - Vail

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