Proud to be an American

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Mon, 01/14/2013 - 12:18am -- Caitlin

As I sit on my bed, completely worn out, I think about the events of today. Yes, I am tired, but it is a good kind of tired. Today was the start of the actual Washington center events. What started as a simple icebreaker in the first few minutes of today’s activities had turned into an entire room of students, faculty, and Washington Center employees joining in singing the United States national anthem.  The speakers of today included the Steve Scully of C-SPAN and Ben LaBolt, the senior advisor of the presidential inauguration committee. While having a speaker get up in front of a crowd and tell his story is a beneficial way to learn about the people making this inauguration and the second Obama Administration a success, it was nice to see the change to more of a question and answer type of speech. Students were allowed to ask about the subjects that they cared about and what may affect them the most. This change from a speaker talking to an audience to the direct interaction between an important member of the Obama inauguration team and students from around the country, provided for a more interesting perspective of the hot topic issues surrounding the upcoming inauguration.

Today I was also able see some of the famous monuments in D.C that I had longed to see for some time now. I have always loved history as long as I can remember, and it was truly exciting to get to see physical representations of historical events. Such symbolism wrapped up into each of these marvelous works of art. I felt like a child receiving presents on Christmas morning as I walked around the towering pieces, taking pictures of everything I saw. The foggy, cloudy day could not drown my enthusiasm for being in D.C. for the first time.

Today proved to be a day filled with much excitement and enthusiasm surrounding the upcoming second inauguration of President Obama. I was certainly excited to finally see some of the most well-known historical monuments in American history. Today was exhausting, but after seeing some of the most spectacular pieces of historical art, I can truly say that the tired feeling was worth every step. I could say with even more enthusiasm that I was proud to be an American.