A once in a lifetime trip opportunity

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By: Zoe Jones

I recently had the chance to live out a dream I didn’t realize I had. 

From Oct. 30-Nov. 3 I was living it up in Washington DC. I had gone to present with members The Griffon, our Lifestyles Editor Kathleen Woods and our adviser Dr. James Carviou. We did a presentation about story telling for the college yearbooks and newspapers.

When we first got to DC, I was immediately blown away. The entire atmosphere changed when we landed. The buildings were gorgeous, the people were dressed up and the city was gorgeous. Let’s also not forget how it was 50 degrees there while it was snowing in St. Joseph.

On our first day we went out and found a local sushi restaurant as soon as we could. We had made it a goal to try several different local restaurants from different cultures. We walked around the city a little bit and visited some stores that were way too nice for me. We roamed Chinatown after dinner and it was gorgeous.

Our second day was beyond busy. We started the day off by touring the Newseum. The Newseum was one that really stuck with me. Seeing all the history that has made my field was so inspiring. The thought of it closing down this year made me so sad. After the Newseum, we had a personal tour of the Capitol building. Seeing the history in the building and the different artwork was amazing. As soon as we finished at the Capitol building, we visited the Holocaust Museum. I’ve been to several Holocaust Museums across the world, but this one hit differently. Everyone usually talks about the shoes, and although that was emotional, I was really struck by the room full of family photos of people who died at the time. I’m a sucker for a good museum and this one was amazing.

On Friday, Kathleen and I had the chance to tour the New York Times. We spoke with reporters out there and got tips on how to make it in the field. After our tour, we attended some sessions and got ready for the award ceremony. The Griffon Media Zone did an amazing job and won several awards. The Griffon News received an honorable mention for a podcast from last semester as well as second place on a feature page. After the award ceremony, we attended one for advisers. Dr. Carviou was awarded the 4-year Distinguished Yearbook Adviser of the Year award. I personally was so happy to be there. Dr. Carviou does a lot more than people realize and he’s an amazing adviser. He absolutely deserved the award and I could not be more happy for him.

Saturday is when we actually presented. We had a small audience but they seemed interested in what we had to say and actually asked questions regarding our presentation. After a long day of presenting and listening to other speakers, we finally visited the National Mall. It was absolutely gorgeous. We had a few difficulties throughout the night, but it was overall a great experience. The monuments were gorgeous and it was crazy to stand in spots where lots of history has taken place.

On our final day, we went to some final presentations and got packed up to go home. We had some time to kill before our flight, so we visited the White House. After the White House, we went to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. Unfortunately, our trip had to come to an end and we were back home.

Overall, the trip was one of my favorite ones I’ve ever been on. It was eye-opening and lots of fun. I’ve made some memories with everyone who went that I will never forget. I even decided that I want to move to DC some time in the future to pursue journalism.

I could not be more grateful for the trip and couldn’t have asked for a better experience.