When they tell you there are a lot of things to do in the DC area they aren’t joking, you could spend years there and still have things to see. My internship was cut short because of COVID-19 and I regret the weekends I didn’t try to go do the things I wanted to see because I thought I had more time. Don’t get me wrong adjusting to your work schedule, navigating the city, and learning how-to live-in DC will be exhausting, but don’t take any time for granted. I suggest making plans days or weeks in advance and sticking to them. Plan out what you want to go see, when you are going, how you are going to get there, and what time you’ll be leaving, and most importantly stick to those plans! Now most of the Virginia and DC area is not up or open before 10 on the weekends (trust me I am an early riser and no one was out), so don’t be worried about having to get up at the crack of dawn. On some weekends you will want to just stay in bed and rest but I really do suggest going to do just one thing even if it is later in the day so you get to sleep in and don’t waste any time. If you run out of ideas ask your coworkers where you should go. Lastly, do not forget to take it all in, you are living in one of the oldest areas of the country and at times you will get numb to it all. As often as you can take a step back and let the awe of living in such a cool place hit you all over again.
Office of Congressman Kevin Brady
Washington, D.C. | spring 2020