Well its the end of week 3 of this internship. I’m still loving it, and getting more comfortable with Washington DC.
My bosses and I ended up accidentally going to lunch at the same place the other day and they graciously paid for my food, and had me sit with them. They are such wonderful ladies, I only wish I was actually here longer. Marisa, my main supervisor really, has asked me a couple of times (jokingly and not) if there’s any way I can stay longer. If I didn’t have a family vacation planned immediately after the end of this adventure I would definitely consider trying to stay longer. Either way, it’s nice to know that I am appreciated here, even as an intern who can’t get into anything by herself haha.
We met with Dr. Rees on Monday for dinner at this Greek restaurant. I can’t for the life of me, remember what the restaurant is called. I want to say Zoro’s, or Zampano’s but both of those are characters from films haha. The food was really good, and it was nice to take a breather and be able to talk about everything etc etc.
This experience has been nice overall. Despite messing up my knee in “the Great Fall” as we’re all so kindly calling it, getting lost constantly, the humidity, and experiencing dorm life, I’ve had a a really great time. I’ve gained hands-on experience which has given me the direction I’ve needed to figure out what I want to do. Before this, I was going back and forth between Museum Studies or archival work as my career focus. My internship with the El Pueblo Museum gave me a bit of a taste of museum work, and educational programs. Now, this has given me hands on archival experience which I badly wanted. Thanks to this I now know that I would enjoy the process of archival work much more than museum studies. I get to actually handle artifacts, documents, important papers, correspondence, sketches, etc etc. It’s ridiculously cool and something I can see myself doing in the future.
Now if I can only decide what direction to go with my Master’s degree after I finish undergrad next year….. One life decision at a time I guess.
I believe for the weekend I will be exploring the Library of Congress. I picked up my own “Library Card” for the Library of Congress. Not because I want to check anything out, but because it’s just a cool thing to have. Though I didn’t actually get to explore the buildings and see much when I went to go do that. Other than that, I’m hoping to pick up some “Smithsonian” things, like a sweatshirt or something, before we leave. I’ll have to use someone else’s Smithsonian Badge BECAUSE three of us never got ours…. total bummer but oh well.
Then on Sunday I think the plan is to try and go to Arlington, possibly the Pentagon, Georgetown, and Gravelly Point to watch airplanes. I’m pretty set on the Gravelly Point idea myself, not so sure about the others. We’ll see.