When students begin to think about a study abroad program the first thing that comes to mind is Location! Location! Location! Who could blame them, imagining yourself in an exotic land, tasting new foods, and experiencing a new culture is an ideal study abroad program. Although I did not choose an exotic location I do in the end get to experience a new culture away from the familiarity of Meadville. Although Washington D.C is the complete opposite of Meadville, I did not have any major worries about coming to D.C. However, I was hesitant about taking the metro all over the city. I had never before taken public transportation and I was completely unfamiliar with Washington D.C. I am happy to report that after about a week of taking the metro, I now know how to navigate my way around the city in ease.
One of the best things about Washington D.C is that there are a lot of different things to see and explore. Since I have arrived I have gone to numerous museums and have visited many of the historic sites that Washington has to offer. There are so many different areas to explore that many times I feel that I do not have enough time to see all that the city has to offer. After I received my internship, I have also had an insiders view on how Washington operates. Since I have been here, I have been able to hear top political leaders, diplomats and consultants.