Friday, August 29, 2008

The future looks bright

Well, I got to D.C. on Wednesday the 27th, all in one piece with my luggage and I already know that this place is going to be a blast!

I'm staying in an apartment about 25 minutes away from all the monuments, which if you're a history buff like myself, then you're in heaven. I could probably visit the Lincoln Memorial everyday and not get tired of it. One of my roommates and I went to see the Washington Monument last night and we also saw the WWII, Vietnam, and Korean memorials, and also some place called the White House. I was speechless for most of our tour. Sitting on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and watching the reflection of the Washington Monument in the pool, a person can become overwhelmed with feelings of patriotism and pride for this great country of ours! There is so much to see here in the nation's capitol that I'm kind of wondering where to start. I finished my 2nd and last day of orientation today, so I have until Tuesday to explore the city before starting work.

Besides touring D.C., I'm also looking forward to starting my civic engagement project. This is an assignment that requires all interns to perform some sort of community service. A lot of interns will probably help with one of the presidential campaigns and I don't blame them if they do, this is certainly the most exciting election of my generation. But, I've decided that I want my project to focus on helping our military veterans in some way, whether I'm volunteering at a VA hospital or at Walter Reed Army/Navy hospital I just want to do my part to help.

Lastly, I have to tell everyone how I lucked out in the roommate dept. I have three other guys living in the apartment and 2 of them are from Ohio and the other one is from Mexico. My 2 roommates from Ohio (Kevin and Nathan) like to exercise as much as I do, so I'm always guaranteed to have a workout partner. My roommate from Mexico (Fernando) is from Monterrey and every morning he gives me a brief Spanish lesson. So, when the internship comes to a sad conclusion in December, I'll come back to RSU in good shape and be able to speak Spanish.

Well, I'm hoping to be able to see the last Marine Corps evening parade of the year tonight, so I'll talk with you all later!


  1. Well Ray those are some amazingly fantastic pictures...looks like you are embarking on the chance of a lifetime!! I think I speak for the entire University when I say we are very proud of your representation of RSU in our nation's capitol! Look forward to seeing and hearing more about your experiences! Keep up the good work!

  2. Sounds like you are super pumped up in D.C.
    You are going to be very busy the next few months, but it will go by quickly.
    You are doing a great job for Rogers State!Carol Go Hillcats!!