In my last post, I blogged about the travel opportunities available to university students and briefly mentioned that I would be going to Washington, DC. Well, I’m already back. Here is a brief summary of my great summer adventure to DC!
First of all, my ticket to DC came when I got into a competitive program for students with experience running pro-liberty campus clubs. All those accepted were sent to DC to receive training in organizing events, networking, and leadership. I heard about the program through a friend of a friend, applied without really expecting to get in, and was ecstatic at my acceptance!
My flight arrived in DC at nearly 11p.m. local time, and so I had expected my first breath of DC air to be that of a cool summer’s night. However, as I stepped out through those automatic doors to the taxi queue, I felt a heat that I typically associate with mid-day. I believe the taxi driver said it was 98 degrees Fahrenheit, a temperature which I roughly translated to be in the high thirties Celsius. What’s more was the hot dampness of the air – humidity: a phenomenon that I as a less-traveled Western Canadian had never before experienced to such a degree. Without even cracking a sweat, I almost instantaneously felt the dampening effects you might associate with being out in the sun for a long time. Air conditioning was a welcome feature of the taxi into which I climbed.
That night I got to meet a few of the other students involved in the program, hailing from all over North America. Over the next few days I would get the chance to meet many of them, all of whom shared my interests in politics and campus club involvement, which resulted in a lot of engaging conversations. Throughout the course of the weekend I got to hear from several experienced speakers as well as engage in group discussion about organizing clubs and more effectively providing students with the services and involvement they want from a campus club.
Although the weekend was incredibly busy, I simply had to make time to see all the famous sites in DC. It wasn’t until my last day there that I got the chance. A friend I had met at the conference accompanied me to see the town, making all the usual stops at the White House, the Washington Monument, a couple of the famous national museums, and the presidential memorials of Jefferson, FDR, and Lincoln.
It was certainly a thrilling journey, and a rewarding experience. What I hope you, as a potential student, can take away from this is that in the course of your university career there will be similar moments of adventure. If you stay active in your campus community and network with those around you, there’s no telling what sort of opportunities you will encounter.