During the short amount of time I’ve spent in DC this summer has enabled me to see how truly special this experience is. No other city in the United States affords residents the opportunities to educate themselves about national treasures on the weekend, to experience the empowering sense of patriotism and gratitude for the sacrifices made by our service men and women on Memorial day, nor the surreal experience of attending events and later reading about them on nationally distributed media. Thanks to the Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation’s generosity in funding American Association of People with Disabilities’ (AAPD) Congressional Internship Program, I’ve acquired skills, knowledge, and opportunities that I will take with me long after I leave DC later this summer. But it’s not just about the phenomenal experiences we have as individuals or the great moments we’ve already shared as a group. Rather, I’m excited that in the relatively small amount of time being an AAPD intern has had such a profound impact and most of the summer still beckons. At the beginning of each week I set small goals from visiting at least two Museums each week, to professional goals, and personal development goals. I believe that this process will enable me to continue to capitalize upon all the opportunities that DC has to offer.