Last week, I was fortunate enough to take advantage of an opportunity that few get at Ohio State: Going to Washington, DC, with the
Politics, Society & Law Scholars Program! Most of the Scholars programs offer annual trips, and it makes sense that PSL would go to DC. In many ways, the trip was a professional one. We met with employees of different government-related organizations, many of whom were Ohio State alumni, and they talked to us about what living and working in DC was like. We got an inside look at places like the FBI headquarters, the Federal Judicial Center (which researches the American court system and provides educational material), and the Office of Management and Budget. The highlight was meeting with members of Congress on Capitol Hill on Thursday morning. We spoke with Senator Tom Carper of Delaware and Congressman Alan Lowenthal of California, both graduates of Ohio State!
Senator Carper speaking to us. I’m in the middle of the picture, looking pensive. Photo credit: Tom Carper’s Twitter
We met some of the dogs in the FBI’s crisis response unit. Photo credit: Our tour guide Lisa
Despite all of our professional visits, we did take some time to do more “tourist-y” things. On Friday night our Scholars program coordinator led us on a tour of the different monuments and memorials, and on Saturday we had free time at the National Mall. I went to the National History Museum and saw the Cherry Blossom parade that was happening right outside.
Overall, the trip was a big hit for me. Although I had been to DC before, I had not been able to get such a behind-the-scenes look at the diverse array of work done in our nation’s capital.