My weekend has been one of the best I’ve had in DC thus far. I didn’t eat fancy meals or attend important events. I didn’t meet any prominent political figures or build my network. I did absolutely nothing productive, and I’m absolutely with fine that. Sometimes simplicity is bliss.
Instead of rushing to the metro on a time crunch, I kept near the apartment without a set schedule and checked out the local entertainment that the area had to offer. While seeing monuments, visiting museums, and shopping are great ways to spend time in DC, one must not forget to relax, and most DC interns would agree that open schedules and carefree weekends don’t happen very often. I’ve stayed up late playing card games and watching movies with the other interns and have slept in until at least 1:00 p.m. each day. Enjoying fresh air outside in the sunshine, a group of us gathered in the courtyard to socialize and compare our experiences. I must say that I wish we interns had more opportunities to come together and chat about our best and worst moments this summer—our successes and challenges at our internship sites and with the program itself. During our conversations, I felt like we were a group unified by our passion for advocacy. My class of interns is a strong support system that won’t be broken when we part our separate ways. We are the future of the disability community, and from what I can tell, the future looks promising.