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10 Best Things About UGA's WSP

The greatest things about living, working, and taking classes in D.C.

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1. Delta Hall

Living in Delta Hall is awesome. It's like a baby UGA campus 6 blocks from the Capitol. Imagine living in the nicest, cleanest, most red and black sorority house on campus, except campus is the nation's capitol and all your neighbors are lawyers with well-behaved children. Also, it's super fun to hear all the people walking by speculate about why on earth the University of Georgia has such a big office on Massachusetts Avenue.

2. DOGS

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Washington, D.C. is full of dogs. They've got fluffy ones, fat ones, tiny ones, all kinds! Our house is approximately 2 minutes from Stanton Park which is dog central of Capitol Hill, and the best part is that most of the owners will let you pet them for at least a solid 2 minutes.

3. Exercise (Hear me out)

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I have never in my life been a runner or even a particularly good walker, for that matter. D.C. is the only time I've been good at exercising and that's because of the scenery. I would run to the Washington Monument, the Capitol, or climb the stairs at the Supreme Court because how cool is it that I'm exercising where segregation was outlawed?!

4. Pizza

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I can't tell you how many times I had pizza in Washington. Don has the pizza hookup and somehow, at least once a month someone was giving us pizza. GOOD pizza, might I add. Special mention: We the Pizza's Buffalo Chicken Pie.

5. Work

LOL YEAH SURE, right? Seriously though, I had the coolest job ever. I interned in the Capitol on the press and scheduling team for a U.S. Senator. Before working there, I had no idea how dang busy these people are. In my opinion, Senators are busier than A-List celebrities. Everyone wants a Senator to come to their ribbon cuttings/fall festivals/hearings/popcorn celebration palooza/other random events. Everyone also wants to meet their Senators, so I got to take pictures of the boss man meeting some pretty cool folks.

6. Capitol Tours

I know a bunch of interns that didn't like giving tours, but what's not to like? I always felt way cooler than I was when I got to show people around the Capitol because I knew where stuff was in the U.S. Capitol. It may be a cliche, but it never got old getting to walk into the rotunda or show people the old front door and talk about our nation's history in the place where it happened.

7. Cherry Blossoms

Gracie Rowe

People freak out about this. I knew it was a big deal but I had no idea how big of deal it was going to be and how breathtakingly beautiful these trees make the city. In 1912, Japan gave the U.S. 3,000 cherry trees and now for a week every spring, they're in peak bloom and the entire tidal basin is covered in pink and white blooms. It's incredible. However, everyone and their mother comes out to see the blossoms so you've got to go early in the morning to get good pictures.

8. Brunch

Mehreen Karim

In Georgia, brunch is a meal between breakfast and lunch. In Washington, brunch is who you are. People in D.C. love brunch like we love SEC football. It's insane and it's awesome. Most decent restaurants have a brunch menu and oh man, they do brunch well. Sundays are reserved for Eggs Benedict. Special mention: Romeo and Juliet, a cute little "garden cafe" that's roughly a 10 minute walk from the house, has a bangin' brunch. Also: Policy, Medium Rare (steak and eggs), Farmer's Fishers and Bakers, Ted's (because of the tarts), and Argonaut-all great brunch places.

9. Museums

Blah, blah, blah everyone says this, etc. but I'm not just talking about your everyday Smithsonian. The Smithsonian's are awesome, don't get me wrong, but I've been to all of them on every field trip to D.C. ever. I'm taking about the Newseum which has part of the Berlin Wall, the Renwick Gallery that's filled with some of the most interesting and genuinely cool art exhibits I've ever seen (like the one pictured, that's a skull made of bugs), and the Holocaust museum which moved me to tears every time I visited. The museums never get old. Special mention: The Archives because A. the Constitution and B. the setting of National Treasure.

10. The People

Eventually, I loved everyone in the program. Not always at the same time, but I loved them all. We became a little Georgia family that ate, studied, and watched The Bachelor together. Also, the people you meet are diverse. I met lobbyists, politicians, football legends (GO DAWGS), students, lawyers, children, and everyone in between. Every single one of them has a story to tell and it was an incredible experience getting to hear them.

Also: five of the people pictured above now work and live in D.C. as real live adults. You guys rock!

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