By Amanda Day, Class of 2015
While my friends headed down to Punta Cana and Panama City Beach this Spring Break, I was doing something a bit more productive. Nineteen of my fellow students and I were given an opportunity to explore Washington D.C. and to meet some of the remarkable Syracuse University alumni who call D.C. home. Thanks to the Paul Greenberg House in Washington D.C., Alumni Relations, and Career Services, we spent our break running around D.C. experiencing what life is like in our nation’s capital. By the time the trip was over, we were all exhausted, but the experience was incredible. I wouldn’t trade my Spring Break trip for the sunniest island on the Caribbean.
I’ve always loved Washington D.C., but our trip opened my eyes to everything the city really has to offer. It’s a city that offers a fast-paced life and beautiful views. Washington D.C. is without a doubt one of the most breath-taking cities I have ever seen. On our Monuments by Moonlight tour that kick started our trip, we got to experience the beauty of the city after dark, seeing all of the historic monuments of D.C. in a new light. In the time we spent walking around the city, there was always something amazing to see.
What I believe to be the most important part of our trip to D.C. was meeting Syracuse alumni who live and work there. On our trip we got the opportunity to talk to some of the most incredible people who graduated from Syracuse University and went on to a life in Washington. From Google to the F.B.I. we met amazing alumni from all different fields of work. We got a taste for various work environments and what different jobs entail. But perhaps the most valuable part of our visits with alumni was the advice they offered us. Though every alumnus had unique advice, one message was consistent: the importance of connecting. Reaching out and connecting to people is crucial to building a future. They also advised us to work hard, be involved on campus, and to not stress too much about our futures. All of the alumni we met on our trip inspired me tremendously.
Our Spring Break in D.C. was a phenomenal experience that I will never forget. We were given the opportunity to network, ask questions, and learn a lot about life in Washington. I personally have a whole new appreciation for our nation’s capital. By the time our trip came to an end, it was hard to say goodbye. I gained so much from the trip: connections, knowledge, and 19 new friends. Like I said, I wouldn’t trade my Spring Break for anything.