A Look Back: College Trip, Part 3
In April of 2001, I was able to go on a 4 day trip to Washington, DC with a group of students from Cazenovia College. I was in a group (thankfully due to an adviser that added all of her students to the group) called Student Support Services (SSS). It was a state funded program that allowed students to experience stuff that they might not otherwise get to do. We did many different things from seeing live performances, ceramics, day trips and this end of year trip to Washington DC. Everything from our food, hotel, admissions fees, etc. was completely paid for by the school. The only money that we needed to bring with us, was for any souvenirs that we wanted to purchase.
I almost didn’t go on this trip and thankfully some of the other students talked me into it. Remember from my 1st post where I said that I was focused (too much!) on my school work and this trip was no exception. It was the week before finals and yes, there was some anxiety because while I was used to being 3 1/2 hours away from home by this time, I wasn’t so sure about being many states away. I am SO glad that everyone talked me into it. It was hard for me let go and experience new things but I pushed myself to go out of my comfort zone.
It wasn’t until I went away to college that I had traveled more than 1 1/2 hours away in any direction from my hometown, so traveling was new to me. This 4 day trip turned that all around for me. I couldn’t wait to travel again and to this day I LOVE to travel to new places, see different things and meet new people. I can barely remember how it felt to be scared to travel.
This was pre-digital cameras, so I don’t have a ton of great photos but they’re better than nothing. We’re actually planning a trip back to Washington DC so we can take Shawn and let him see our nation’s capital.
We didn’t get to tour the White House but we did of course get to see it from the outside. The photo below is of me (left) and another classmate named Amanda in front of the White House.
One of the highlights of this trip was the visit to the United States Holocaust Museum. I still remember my feelings as I walked through it all and it forever left me changed. The WWII time period is something that I love to learn about and I am interested in anything that happened then. It was simply amazing and emotional to see everything.
This is from the Korean War Memorial and it’s really eerie to walk through all of these soldiers.
We did get to tour the Capital Building and even got to ride on the underground subway that the members of the government get to use every day. We met with Senator Hilary Clinton and gave her a huge thank you for her help in bringing the SSS program to our college, that made this trip possible.
We got to tour a lot of different places throughout the city: The Smithsonian, the National Zoo, and a lot of other monuments. We also did a lot of other neat things like go to dinner theater at the Lazy Susan Dinner Theater and saw a production of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn.
Arlington Cemetery was just beautiful and I couldn’t believe how many of our brave soldiers were buried there. The cherry trees were gorgeous too. We got to see the Changing of the Guards at the Tombs of the Unknown Soldiers. That was impressive to watch and I don’t think I had ever heard of it until I had gone on this trip.
This Washington DC trip did a lot more for me than just give me the travel-bug. It was my 1st time traveling a great distance but it also was my 1st time in a hotel, 1st time going somewhere that I was allowed to roam alone (meaning with other kids and not an adult) and it brought me a lot more confidence than I would ever imagine.