Snow in Washington, D.C. isn’t as common as snow in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. In fact, some people don’t even know how to react to the mysterious white flakes, locking themselves indoors as long as they need. Okay, I’m probably overreacting, but that’s kind of what it seems like! We woke up this morning to snow and as the day went on, it turned to a wet wintry mix. This snow and sleet is supposed to continue through Tuesday, but thankfully will be long gone before I depart on Saturday morning.
You read correctly. I AM HEADING HOME IN SIX DAYS! I have learned so much this semester, it’s incredible. Sure there were rough times, but there were also some really great times. It’s kind of sad that just as I get comfortable in this new environment, it’s about time to head home. I suppose that’s how life goes in general. The second things seem to be sailing smoothly, another obstacle arises. I’m looking forward to the next chapter of my life. There are so many exciting things to come along with next semester!
I must remind myself, I still have this week and the entire winter break before that even begins. I need to remain focused on here and now. This week is packed full of so many different activities, there’s no avoiding the moment. Along with the four days of work I have left, there are other events that are filling up my schedule outside of the office. Tuesday night is our farewell reception at the restaurant Filomena. Typically our director, Doug, takes the students to his favorite restaurant (Carmines) but we decided to try something new this semester. Filomena is an italian restaurant that features different meats in it’s dishes served family style. Needless to say, everyone in the house already knows what they are ordering. Wednesday evening, all of us students in the program are having a late night breakfast. This is something our school (and I’m sure other schools) have during finals week. It’s a great way to bring a part of our home campuses to D.C. After the middle eastern politics class is finished at nine, we feast! Every apartment is in charge of a different dish. My apartment is bringing pancakes and fruit while others are bringing things such as sausage, bacon, eggs, tater tots, cinnamon rolls, and juice. We will probably end up rolling back to our apartments instead of walking. Some students are heading home Thursday evening, but many head out Friday and Saturday. We are taking another opportunity to spend quality time together by ice-skating in Georgetown on Thursday night. It will be our last hoo-rah before everybody heads back home.
I don’t head back until Saturday, so I have some exploring plans for Friday. The one place I have yet to see is the National Museum of Natural History. I planned on going this morning, but snow and sleet got in my way. So Friday morning, rain or shine, that is my final destination. It will be an exciting and fun experience because the museum is opening a new exhibit on Thursday. Smithsonian is a client of Sage’s marketing department so we have been promoting this opening for a couple of weeks now. I am interested to see what it’s really like, because so far it sounds absolutely incredible.
I plan to continue blogging as long as I can, so I hope you continue reading. I have a big semester ahead of me and you’ll find out why as long as the blogs keep coming. Thank you for sharing this amazing and life-changing experience with me. I really appreciate you taking the time to read through all of my posts.
Until next time,