Happy Birthday, USA!


This past weekend the nation celebrated its 239th birthday, and while the celebration was technically only one day, the week leading up to it was full of excitement and anticipation. The entire city felt like it had a new energy about it and everywhere I went I encountered American flags, patriotic banners and other festive decorations. It was great to be able to experience something like this. In honor of this event, the acronym of the week is CVC.


U.S. Capitol & Capitol Visitor Center

Just in time for the nation's birthday, I had the opportunity to visit the U.S. Capitol & Capitol Visitor Center (CVC) with some co-workers one afternoon. As part of our "bonding field trip," we were given an exclusive tour of the Capitol, which included access to areas that are otherwise off-limits to regular Capitol tours. From visiting the office of a state representative to walking on the House floor, the tour was incredible. I learned more about the history of the United States and even got to stand in spots where some of the history actually happened. Although the Capitol is currently undergoing some restoration, which meant blocked hallways and covered decor in some areas, the architecture and design was still just as beautiful. Like many of my experiences in D.C., this was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I'm so glad I got to experience it.


View from Capitol Balcony

View from a balcony at the U.S. Capitol.


Inside the U.S. Capitol

Inside the U.S. Capitol.


DC Improv

While there were plenty of festive activities to participate in this week, I found myself at DC Improv one night for a comedy show. On this night the talent included recent graduates of DC Improv's Comedy School. That's right, registered students can learn improv, stand up and humor writing over the course of several weeks, and at the end of those weeks each student gets to present a 5 minute stand up piece during their "graduation ceremony." A friend of my host family was one of the graduates, so we went to support her and she did great! In fact, all the graduates did a great job and had the audience laughing all night. Not only was this a good break from my internship and academic work, but also it was great way to explore the city and try something new.


During my time in D.C., I've learned that everyone knows someone. It is connections like these that have allowed me the opportunity to get an exclusive tour of the Capitol and learn about this comedy show. As an intern, I always have people stressing the importance of networking to me, and it's true. Whether it's for professional purposes or more entertainment purposes, like mine were this week, networking is important. So to all potential interns: network, network, network! You never know what kind of opportunity it will lead to.



- Kailyn

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