An Open Letter to Washington D.C.

An Open Letter to Washington D.C.

It is with a heavy heart that I have left the District of Columbia and the numerous people and experiences that I encountered this past semester. Even after only a few days back in Cincinnati, I've realized how much I have gained from my time in Washington. Because of this, I wanted to say a few words to all the people I met and places I visited during my time in D.C.


1. An Open Letter to my TWC Friends


Dear close friends and roommates:

I came to Washington with the intent of meeting new people and forming relationships that would last me years to come. After my first few days, I wasn't sure that was going to happen. Then along came a few people interning at the U.S. Marshals who weren't put off by my weirdness and instead embraced it.


Whether I referred to you as "dad," always asked to use your bathroom (even after the 50th time in your room), or agreed with the fact that we had matching tattoos, you guys were the ones that I was truly able to call "friend" for the entirety of the semester. Each of you know who you are, and now you guys have given me plans for New Year's Eve this year. Florida, here I come.

Sincerely yours,



2. Una Carta Abierta a Mis Amigos


Querido Amigos:


First off, I'm sorry that's all the Spanish I can remember, so the rest of this letter will be in English. Whether you were from Mexico, Puerto Rico, or Peru, you taught a great deal of Latin culture to a man who thought going to the Mexican restaurant in my town meant that I was cultured. Now I know all about saying "¿Qué onda?" and the history of Puerto Rico.


The conversations I had with you all were some of the most fulfilling and interesting talks I had all semester with anyone. You helped me make my Metro rides to work, and taught me to feel comfortable greeting people with a kiss on the cheek. You all have DEFINITELY given me plenty more reasons why I don't want a wall.

Sinceramente tuyo,



3. An Open Letter to Washington, D.C.


Dear District:


A big thank you to the fantastic city that I was able to call "home" for 15 weeks. D.C. is a place that I have fallen in love with. I don't want to wait another two or three years to finish school before I can come live here again. But why do you have to be so expensive!?


Why can't a one bedroom apartment be worth $650/month (like it is in Cincinnati), instead of $2,000/month? If you could do that for me, I'd be back tomorrow. However, I won't let your ridiculously high standard of living mar my fascination with the nation's capital. You never left me with a weekend without something to do.


Never did I think I could view the building that houses the legislative branch at 9pm after running down to sit for a little face-to-face time with Old Abe at the Lincoln Memorial. There is truly something about this city that puts it above all others. So, if you're ever able to make it a possibility for someone to live in D.C. without having to win the lottery first, let me know.

Sincerely yours,



Nothing could have prepared me for the myriad of opportunities that awaited me upon reaching Washington, D.C. I never could have dreamed of the strides I would make in my professional career as well as my personal life. With that in mind, I want to write to all those out there who are thinking of spending a semester or summer in this city.


4. An Open Letter to Future D.C. Residents


Dear future Washington, D.C. residents:


Yes. Do it. Live here. Will it be expensive? Probably. Will you be surrounded by politics whether you like it or not? Absolutely. Will the Metro be delayed? I can guarantee that is a yes. Will you regret your decision to come here? Not in a hundred million years. It will be different, and you will have to get used to a few things that are different, but nothing will compare to the experience you'll have here.

It has been an absolute pleasure sharing my time and thoughts with you all. My one last tip: find a place you love here in Washington, D.C. and go to it at least once a week. For me, it was the National Mall. It's up to you to find your "spot." Good Luck.

And remember, Stay Classy Washington,

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