Some DC thoughts

Street music playing on our way to Dupont Metro station after class at 10pm.

I have exactly 1.5 months left here in DC and boy has it gone by quickly. I can definitely say that I am looking forward to going home though. Although DC is a magnificent place, full of life, activities, museums, concerts, and events, I need to be home from this monotonous and busy lifestyle of juggling school, program events and a grueling 9-5 internship.

Don’t get me wrong though, the opportunity of living in DC is incredible. I am at the political center of the US, and what better time to be at it than with the new Obama administration leading the nation. I’ve been able to learn so much, and not just from the class I’m taking, but about myself, culture, career choices, and the political spectrum. It’s impossible to summarize all the thoughts I’ve accumulated from this experience. I love it here, but I also realize that it’s just a temporary experience. Everyone’s wondering if I’ll stay here longer, but that’s actually impossible! I need to come home to graduate! plus, once this program is over, the great times here will diminish significantly since the people in my program will be gone.

Overall though, DC is a place I would love to introduce to people. There are endless of possibilities, whether it’s in entertainment or career. This definitely is the place to be if you want to get your foot in the door.

As for me..Would I live here? Would I come here for school? Work in the future? Honestly…who knows. As of now, it’s too early to make these predictions. I have too much on my agenda to worry about an unpredictable future. There are things I want to do, there are things I need to do, and things that might just come up which are simply unexpected. So I will stick to saying, I have no idea where I’ll be in the next five years, just wish me luck.

People often ask me what I’ll do after graduation, or what plans I have for the near future. Well… I have many tentative plans but nothing concrete. But that’s how it’s always been, and that’s how it will persist.  Life is unpredictable and that’s how it will remain. My feelings today could be different tomorrow. My thoughts tomorrow could be severely different today. I have regular habits and routines that make me a predictable person, but yet, so many things remain unclear. This is how it should be and I am very content with it. I don’t make clear plans for the weekend because I can worry about them later. I don’t make a concise itinerary when I travel because it takes the pleasure out of new adventures.

My time in DC has made me very aware of my future, in both the educational and career realm. Sometimes it makes me uneasy because of my go-with-the-flow manner of living, but at the same time, it brings me comfort since I believe things will work out if they’re suppose to. I’m surrounded by business suits and ties every day, and I can’t help but wonder if this is the culture I really belong to? Is this really what I want? I could argue both.


3 thoughts on “Some DC thoughts

  1. Tong/ Yi\ with both of you above!
    Plus whereever you go in the next 5 years, better be there in Seattle by the time I visit=D

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