Six days of being away from Wilmington and being on the other side of the country. There were only 25 students fortunate enough to go.
Six days of being away from Wilmington and being on the other side of the country. There were only 25 students fortunate enough to go. And I was one of them.
The first day was easy; they were just informing us about what we had to do and we also got a chance to socialize with new people. They separated us into different rooms, and assigned us to Faculty Advisors. They assigned three to four people per room, so towards the night we finally got to meet our new room mates. Some people got lucky because they already knew the person and got along easily. We met people from all over the country, which was very exciting to learn about where they are from.
The second day came and we got the chance to visit Capitol Hill, the Supreme Court, and the Library of Congress. Some people even had to opportunity to hear a ruling in the Supreme Court. We also got to meet people who worked for CIA, FBI, Military, and more.
Thursday was one of the better days because we all were assigned to different sites. The majority of us went to the Drug Enforcement Agency Museum; others went to the Newseum, U.S Naval Academy, Embassy of Israel, and other places. We learned a lot about the site we were assigned to, and then back at to the hotel we had a current issue seminar to attend.
On Friday and we learned about National Security and we went to different memorials like the Lincoln and Korean memorial. All these Seminars and meetings helped us with what we were about to do. Before that we were went to another hotel to learn more about our roles that we had to play. There were different types of roles including media, intelligence, defense, diplomacy, legislative, and executive. Once we got back to the hotel we began the simulation, it was the most exciting part of the trip. We were in different floors in the hotel, so it could be harder to communicate with each other. Running around the floors were hard because it was against the rules to run. But throughout the process we all did well.
Saturday comes along and it is our last day of competing. We were very excited going to the cemeteries to see the Kennedy family grave sites and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. After that, it was party time! We had to choose from going to the dance room, game room, or movie room. The majority, of course, chose the dance room; we had many battles there with my classmates versus people from different states. There was also drama between many groups of people, which was entertaining to others.
I was upset towards the end because we were just getting used to it. We had our last meeting and closing ceremony, were everyone had said goodbye.
It was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had; Washington D.C is the place to be.
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