Coming to Carolina I never thought I would have the chance to fulfill one of my life long dreams to work in Washington D.C. However, I was given the opportunity to intern at the National Archives and Records Administration this past summer. I moved into my apartment on Capitol Hill, very nervous and anxious about how the summer would turn out. I didn’t know anyone and certainly didn’t know my way around the city.
I was really lucky and ended up having some amazing roommates and friends at the Archives who I still talk to today. I made friends in the city, but it was still really hard being away from friends and family for the summer. But my wonderful Phi Beta Chi sisters helped me get through it! Whether it was FaceTime sessions with my White Rose Sister Kara, or getting random texts from sisters asking me how things were, it made my stay in D.C. much easier.
I also got to participate in once in a life time events such as celebrating Independence Day at the Archives and watching the fireworks on the Capitol Lawn. I had to opportunity to lead a group of children in a Let’s Read Let’s Move event, a collaborative project put on by Michelle Obama and the Department of Education. I met Miss America 2015 and helped lead Primarily Teaching, an event in which teachers from across the country come to learn about primary source documents.
Spending the summer in the nation’s capital turned out to be an amazing adventure. Even though I’ve been to D.C. several times before, I got to explore new places and see old ones in a different way. Through this experience I learned a ton, but the most important thing I learned is that my sisters will always be there to support me in conquering my fears and living out my dreams.