I have officially been a DC resident for one week!
Next week I am going to give a more thorough post about packing and preparing for a big move like this, but this week I wanted to give you an update about what I’m doing here and how my first week has gone.
This week has been great, though I have been very homesick.
My mom flew up to DC with me and we did some of the more ‘tourist-y’ things, like go to National Mall for the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial and the White House among other things.
We also channeled our inner nerds and went to the Newseum, which was AMAZING. Seriously, if you ever have the chance to come to DC, you should definitely go there. We spent two afternoons at the Newseum, and it still wasn’t enough.
A piece of the Berlin Wall on display at the Newseum
The most special thing that we did together was go see the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial where my grandfather’s name is listed. This was an incredibly special moment that I got to share with my mom and one that I will remember fondly for years to come.
Having my mom here with me those first few days made all of the difference in the world and I was so sad to see her leave. I am super appreciative that she came with me to help me get settled in.
The best, most supportive mama in the whole world!
I also am LOVING my job. Seriously. It’s great. And I am obsessed with the people I am working with. They are so nice and helpful and I have already learned so much.
Some of my biggest takeaways from this week are that walking around is often the fastest way to get from Point A to Point B and it is the easiest way to familiarize myself with the city.
Also, if you are moving to a new city do the ‘nerdy’ thing and get involved. I joined my sorority’s alumni association and an alumni group from my college that gets together to watch football games every weekend.
I am a pretty outgoing person but it can be super intimidating to go to these things and meet new people, but it’s so important to do it.
I also want to apologize for sporadic posting. I think it will get better in the next few weeks, this is just a big transitional phase.
Thank you all for bearing with me.
I’m off to the Smithsonian!