Tuesday, March 27, 2012


There are roughly 17 other people in DC experiencing the same excitement, stress and workload you are during your time there. It must be something in the water, but CMC manages to select some pretty amazing kids, so it's worth getting to know your whole group. Here are some activities you can consider doing as a whole group, or in small bunches:
  • DC photo scavenger hunt by night- break off into a few teams and explore the wonders of DC. A few suggestions include taking a picture with a CMC alum (Ian McGinnity is usually available if you need someone) and taking a picture with a deceased former president.
  • Apt hang out- stuff all 18 people in a 4 person apartment, buy some Doritos and refreshments and bake some cookies... this is all you need for a fun and relaxing night in DC.
  • For those who are 21, hit up happy hour with the rest of the DC population. The city rests on a fully developed happy hour culture, and as a mere 20 year old, I can tell you I felt left out. You're bound to see some famous faces while you're out (mine, unfortunately, not included)!

DC Museums

DC is chalk full of museums, and despite your best intentions at the beginning of the semester, I can tell you that you probably won't make it to all the places you want to see. Here are four museums that I recommend seeing for four different reasons (in no particular order):
  • The National Gallery of Art: The National Gallery has so many amazing exhibits. It's a huge museum, so I recommending setting aside at least 3 hours for checking it out.

  • The Holocaust Museum: Powerful, sobering and inspiring- everyone who visits DC should take time to visit the Holocaust Museum.

  • The Botanic Gardens: Only a few minutes from the Capitol, I occasionally took my lunch break at the Gardens. The garden's are vibrant and beautiful, and the gardeners are friendly, knowledgeable, nerdy and all around wonderful.

  • The American Indian Museum: Not only do you learn a lot from the exhibits, you'll eat some of the best food in DC at the museum cafeteria.
Try and set aside at least one or two weekends a month to check out everything DC has to offer... and don't miss these fantastic museums!