Week in Review

Week in Review

This week I had some pretty amazing opportunities come my way.


After my internship, I had to rush back to RAF for my class at 6:30. I'm taking Campaigning for a Cause: How Advocacy Changes the World. This class is not only exciting and entertaining, but informative as well. I might be a bit biased, but this class brings out the real problems of our social world, and the need to address and change them. Professor SanGeorge and I get along because we hold similar political views (Go Bernie!) and have compassion for those who don't have their rights in this country. My classmates and I are beginning our first assignment on creating a campaign and arguing two different sides of a political agenda, so stay tuned for some controversial stuff!



6 of us Michiganders (5 of us from Grand Valley State University), got to meet with Senator Debbie Stabenow. It was a pleasure to talk with someone so invested in our state, and hear about all the amazing things soon to happen. Also, she flies home to Michigan every weekend, so here's hoping I can catch a ride in her jet.



After another day of interning at Carpenters Shelter, I decided to begin my volunteer hours at a homeless shelter for teenagers (I seem a bit obsessed with helping the homeless, I know). I walked over to Sasha Bruce Homeless Shelter for teens over on 8th street, and what I saw shocked me. They set me up as a receptionist to begin while they ran a background check, and I was allowed to mingle with kids who walked into the shelter. Most of them were younger then me, and had no family, friends, jobs, or even high school education. They all had different reasons for being there, ranging from being kicked out because of their sexual orientation to having a baby so young. I decided to help some of them make resume's as they waited for a hearing on whether or not they would be emitted into the housing program, and I learned and connected with a couple of them. It was certainly a humbling experience, and I urge everyone to see the other side of things.


Again, everyone who is homeless has a story, and sometimes it is very similar to someone you may know or have known. The support, or lack thereof, that they receive can help determine their living situation in the end. If you want to research more about Sasha Bruce visit this website or if you want to know more about Carpenters Shelter, visit here.



I'm skipping Thursday because nothing out of the ordinary happened, but Friday's schedule is a bit different from the rest of the week. This is the day that I have my L.E.A.D course or Track meetings (no not running). Today though, we sat on a discussion from a panel held by Steve Scully, a Senior executive producer at C-PAN, James Glassman who works at the American Enterprise Institute, and Christopher Shays, a former Representative from Connecticut. All held different political views and ideologies, but they the outcome was surprisingly unanimous. The discussion involved talking about third parties in America, and how most Americans don't vote because their party isn't represented. Even those in the audience from TWC were split between Democratic, Independent, and Republican. It really made me think about the debates that are held, the promises made, and the people on the ballot. Hopefully one day there will three people from different parties (perhaps the Green party, or maybe even a Libertarian) to help those who aren't fully one sided have a representative for their beliefs.


After the SMLS panel, we split off into groups for our Civic Engagement class. I had chosen to attend the Emergency Preparedness session, where I quickly learned how horrible I am at handling a crisis. We had the task of preparing the city with the news of an airplane crash, trying to solve the problem of the passengers hurt, where it took place, and how much damage had been done. Between debating on whether or not we should evacuate the city for a possible terrorist attack or create shelters to stop panic, my group knew the basics of what should happen, though I'm sure if it were a very real situation the outcome of our plan may have affected the city a bit differently. Would the D.C. area be safe with us on the task? Probably not, but it's a learning experience right?



You would think that after a week of 40 work hours, volunteering, and stimulation exercises I would be sold on an all day Harry Potter marathon on the couch (and you would be right), but alas, ABC Family didn't have it on this weekend. So some of my roommates and I decided to head out and explore the parts of the city that many don't see in a short span of time.


We walked to the Library of Congress, and as a book lover I fell in love with Thomas Jefferson's collection. The exhibits inside were equally amazing, but there's nothing quite like staring at old books and the stories they can tell.





I thought about pulling one out - jenga civil war style


After that, we headed to Ford's Theatre, where we went back in time to the night of Lincoln's death. Being in the building where he was shot, looking at the bed where he passed; it was surreal. That kind of history is rich and powerful, but one that needs to be known.



Well, that's the week in review! Check out all the museums in the area (most are free) and take advantage of your time here in D.C. Go be a tourist in this amazing city, but maybe skip the fanny pack and matching shirts.


- Megan


Look at how powerful my roomies and I look

Me and my roommates Emily and Mikaela



And what would our forefathers say about our fiery passion as a generation?


Keep it real D.C.

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