Posted on 07/21/2013 @ 10:35 PM
It's hard to believe we've already been at Impact DC for a week! We were changing the world from the moment we got here, so it was time for a little break for learning. We started the day visiting the Newseum, a Smithsonian exhibit dedicated to learning about the history of press and broadcasting. It offered interactive exhibits and 4-D movies where we were able to learn about important events in history through the eyes of the reporter and discover how freedom of speech and press differed in all parts of the world. After, we were allowed to explore the other Smithsonian Museums with the extra time that we had before heading back to the Hillel.
We got on the bus at 1:45 expecting to head back to the UMD Hillel, but instead we took a surprise trip to the White House, where we spent some time taking pictures of the White House and Michelle Obama's beautiful garden.
When we arrived at the Hillel, Impact participants broke out into groups to discuss education in the United States. We addressed that there are divisions in quality of public schooling based upon where a school is located and brainstormed ways to fix this problem so equal educational opportunities can be provided for everyone regardless of societal standing.
Just before dinner, guest speaker Mark Mellman, political consultant, came to speak to all of us about his experience with supporting political campaigns and how we can get involved. As soon as he finished, we rushed to dinner to enjoy an American meal of burgers, hot dogs, and fries (and veggies, of course). So we can officially say we had American food in the American Capital. From there we participated in a discussion program led by our awesome coordinators, Ariane and Ethan, before breaking out into our lobbying groups so we could prepare what we plan to discuss with our Senators on Tuesday.
Even for one of our more relaxing days, it was still jam packed with learning and excitement...but what else can we expect from Impact DC?
Tamara Zishuk, North Florida Region