As much as it seems like a lot of what I'm talking about has nothing to do with DU, I've found that my college experience is what has landed me in all of these various places and provided me with lifelong friendships and well-learned lessons.
If not for a 9-5 type of day becoming an 8-10:30 type of day, I would have spent more time with all of my friends on the metro, on the confusing streets of DC and in air-conditioned and well-designed museums. Another near and dear friend we met up with is Catherine, who was our Social Justice LLC Coordinator and Living and Learning Communities Director. Her new job as campaign director of the Shoulder-to-Shoulder Campaign led her to the middle of DC which is where many activists, advocates, lobbyists, and influential people want to spend the rest of their days.
We ended up meeting at a restaurant called Vapiano. It was an italian-euro-cafeteria-y type place with a really innovative system where each type of item has a station assigned to it, but the catch is, you receive a card at the door. You place your card up to the scanner and you pay for everything you ate and drank when you leave by swiping the card and paying the cashier up front. Everything is made in front of you. I guess you could call it an upscale Italian Chipotle? I was so confused and intrigued at the idea all at once, that when I placed my order and went to scan the card, I actually dropped it in the sauce on the other side of the barrier. I was very embarrassed, but everything turned out okay, save for my nervousness and looks of stern disappointment sent my way. You live and you learn, I suppose.
Having met up with people in the area, and getting to know more and more about DC, I can say with confidence that I will spend significant time in Washington at some point in the coming years. The combination of politics and universities, as well as bright minds, ideas, and people really draws me to the area. It has a little bit of everything I could ask for, as it should being the capital of our country.