My weeklong Spring Break consisted of binge watching TVB dramas, catching up on YouTube videos, sleeping, and 4 days of career networking in Washington DC. The MacConnect DC trip sponsored by Macalester's Career Development Center is only officially 3 days long, but I decided to extend my stay an extra day so that I can sightsee (it was my first time in the city!). The purpose of the trip was to do site visits to various companies and connect with Macalester alums in various fields. On Tuesday, several inches of snow caused a 3 hour delay start in government buildings and other places didn't open for business, so our schedules had to be altered...
Some of the places we visited include:
- Urban Institute
- Dexis Consulting
- The World Bank
- Congressional Budgeting Office
- ABC News Washington
TUESDAY: March 14th
Library of Congress
WEDNESDAY: March 15th
Secret service closed off Pennsylvania Ave because Trump was apparently flying somewhere on a helicopter. Those are snipers on the roof, according to a Secret Service agent. Fun fact: The White House is actually a lot smaller than I imagined. The size is pretty comparable to the large houses on Paces Ferry in Atlanta.
I actually went to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, but nothing really stood out... I watched a film in the planetarium, but the filming made me slightly nauseous.
International Spy Museum
The Chinatown arch in DC. I don't know much about urban segregation and history in DC, but I thought it was rather interesting that Chinatown was located right next to Gallery Place, where upscale restaurants are located. My experiences with Chinatown is usually in a more run-down minority neighborhood due to the population's immigrant background.
The National Portrait Gallery & the Smithsonian American Art Museum
For some unknown reason, "The Dreamers" is my favorite piece in the moving portrait exhibit. The large projections of people floating in water can be found on all four walls of an enclosed unlit room. Just seeing people floating in water and exhaling bubbles was oddly calming. At the same time, the unnaturalness of humans in water also emphasized the suffocated expressions that I saw on their faces.
THURSDAY: March 16th
National Geographic museum
The NatGeo museum had an exhibition of their most popular photos on its Instagram account and the accounts of various NatGeo photographers and other contributors.
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