I’m back at school now, and it’s been a rough adjustment. It’s a challenge shifting gears from a full-time intern and part-time tourist to that of a Second Semester Senior in a midwestern city in the “Butler Bubble.”
Thanks for reading this blog over the last four months. I loved living in D.C., working at NPR and meeting some fascinating people. Here’s to hoping that I can add to this blog in the future.
Top 10 Things I Will Miss About D.C.
- Pulling all-nighters at NPR to work on Intern Edition. Learning about the Solar Decathlon and writing my first radio story about it.
- Seeing Susan Stamberg in the morning coffee line.
- Never getting bored with the sight of the Capitol.
- Riding the metro. It’s easy and it helps the environment.
- Moderating comments on NPR.org – and reading all the things our listeners have to say. (And they have a lot to say).
- Free Museums. Free events. Free is good, especially for an unpaid intern.
- Reading The Express or The Examiner, the free newspapers on the metro.
- Running through Rock Creek Park – and that it takes me all the way to the Lincoln Memorial.
- The charming Woodley Park neighborhood – the uphill walk to the grocery store and the many ethic restaurants within reach.
- Living in the nation’s capital in a neighborhood that I will never be able to afford again in my life. (Priceless!)
I also got to feel closer to national and political events while I was in D.C. Here are just a few things that happened while I was there (this is not all-inclusive, merely what I can recall from my experiences):
- Healthcare Bill debate – my roommate put in extra hours on the Hill to be part of history.
- Berlin Wall Anniversary – when I met Madeleine Albright.
- Fort Hood shooting
- D.C. Sniper executed
- NPR iPhone App to Android
- DC fights for gay marriage rights
- NPR’s Carl Kassell retires…sort of.
- NPR’s new “cosmos and culture” blog: 13:7
- Snowpocalypse of 2009 – The East Coast Storm