Last week I got the pleasure of meeting one of my favorite senators, Senator Elizabeth Warren. Senator Warren is from the state of Massachusetts and was also a professor at Harvard. So when I heard she was having a meet and greet in her office, I jumped at the opportunity!
Warren is pretty well known to political watchers. Some are even urging her to run for President in 2016. She became of a political celebrity after being nationally known for taking a stand on issues for consumer protection after the financial downturn. Here’s a video of her speaking on those issues:
When I met her, she was extremely nice and we even held a small conversation. It was great seeing how genuinely excited and interested in getting to know everyone at the event. I’m so glad I went and got to meet one of my favorite senators!
As part of my internship, I am able to give tours to visitors to the office/Capitol and recently I was able to give a tour to a group of students from my local middle school/future attendees of my high school. Some of the kids in the group were even younger siblings of friends I graduated with! It definitely showed me truly how small of a world Earth really is.
I got my group of students and parents, many of whom also went to my high school, and we went through the Capitol Visitor Center and began our tour! We got to see all of the cool rooms and I got to inform them of all of the history of the different parts of the Capitol.
When the tour ended, we all got to catch up and they were able to reunite with the larger group and they all went off to see the rest of DC. It was a nice taste of home seeing them and definitely eased my homesickness!
A couple weeks ago I was able to visit the US Botanical Garden and forgot to blog about it! It it literally right next to the Capitol and all of the Smithsonian museums so it’s pretty convenient to visit.
There are so many cool and exotic plants to see at the garden. It houses tons of plants from around the world at all times of the year. It’s a huge greenhouse and was pretty cool. It was also very warm inside for the plants so I even had to take off my jacket.
I would’ve stayed for a guided tour but since I saw so much in one day I was too tired to participate but maybe I’ll come back at another time to get the full experience. I’d recommend seeing it for anyone visiting D.C.
For my internship, I was able to pick up a book from the Library of Congress and it was an adventure to say the least! I got there easily since it’s across the street from the Capitol and it is a nice, beautiful building. I walked over and got to pass the Supreme Court building and eventually got there. It’s still pretty amazing to me how I pass by all of these awkwardly important buildings every day.
It took me twenty minutes to finally find the room I was going to. After that I was inspired to get a Library of Congress reader card so I could come back other times to do some reading and research and feel important.
Of course I got lost on my way there but I finally found it, got my card, and was on my merry way out! Thankfully it was a little warmer outside yesterday so I wasn’t cold on the way. Overall, it was a pretty funny adventure, even though I had no idea where I was 99 percent of the time.
The Library of Congress building
So let me cut to the chase and get to the meat of the story: I rode an elevator with John McCain and I asked him to take an awkward selfie with me! Now I’ll tell you the story of how it happened!
It all started when I had to run an errand in the Capitol. I successfully made it to my destination but considering there are 7 office buildings in the Capitol, on my way back I got lost. I thought I was on the right Capitol train back to my office building and out of the corner of my eye I see John McCain get on the train two cars in front of me!
I got really excited and then realized I was going to the wrong office building! I get off the train and try to find my way back and I look toward the elevator and see John McCain waiting to go up! I didn’t actually need to get on the elevator but I waited just to be near him. He then gets on the elevator and held the door for me! We even made awkward elevator talk about what school I went to! There was another person in the elevator too but they’re irrelevant!
As he was leaving the elevator I took advantage of the opportunity and asked for a picture. He quickly took a selfie for me and I fled the scene like a giddy schoolgirl. So that’s the story of how I met John McCain. He’s probably the most famous person I’ve met so far considering he was almost President. Hopefully I can meet more cool people in D.C. as well!
So last night and all this morning, it was snowing extremely hard. There was even the promise of 6-10 inches of snow so of course I got my hopes up that there would be no classes today. Well, I was pleasantly surprised when there were in fact classes today with no delay! So I had to come back down to earth and actually get prepared for class!
I happened to go to my car since I have to drive to my internship when I saw that literally more snow than in all of Alaska was on my car so I spent a good 20 minutes cleaning it off! Needless to say my hands were freezing afterwards and my feet were soaking wet. The only good thing that came out of it was the great view I got from my internship of all the snow when I was finally inside. We get a perfect view of the state capitol building from our office so it was definitely a nice view.