Every year the Nyack College Honors Program takes a trip to a significant U.S. city to explore, see important historical sites, and have a lot of fun. This year the Honors Trip was to the nation’s capital, Washington D.C. This city is rich with historical and political significance, and it is alive with rich and vibrant culture. We were led by Dr. Jonathan Gates and Dr. Kevin Pinkham, both of whom were very knowledgeable about the city. Our group had an incredible weekend exploring Washington D.C., and we have some great stories to tell from our trip.
We set out on Friday at 7:30 in the morning. To drive from Nyack to Washington D.C. took a little more than five hours. First we went into our hotel, the Residence Inn, to unpack our things. The hotel rooms were more than large enough to accommodate four people, and they had all of the necessities and amenities. Later that night we were able to fit our entire group, twenty-six people, into one room to share pizza for dinner.
After unpacking we walked about a mile and a half to Capitol Hill. It was pretty cold in D.C., but we were happy to be there instead of New York, where it was even colder. We stopped on the steps of the Library of Congress to take pictures, and from the steps you can see the top of the Capitol Building in the distance. Believe it or not, me and the other five men you see in the picture were the only men on the trip; the other twenty were women. It was a lot harder to fit all of the women into one picture than it was for us!
We visited the National Gallery of Art and the National Archives. The Gallery was filled with incredible sculptures and paintings, and the Archives contained some of the most important documents in our nation’s history. I enjoyed seeing this art and these documents in person.
On Saturday morning we toured the Capitol Building, which was a great opportunity to learn about the United States’ legislative branch. When we finished touring for the morning, we were given the afternoon and evening as free time. A group of us rented day passes for the city’s public bicycles. This turned out to be a fun way to get around and a great workout. We biked to the Holocaust Museum where we learned about the horrific injustices done to the Jews and other disenfranchised groups in Nazi Germany.
On Sunday morning our group headed to church, but our biker group decided to bike there instead of riding in the van. By total accident, we ended up in front of the White House. We took some really nice pictures and went on to attend an impactful service at District Church.
As in years past, I had a great time with the Nyack College Honors group on our trip to Washington D.C. I learned a lot, and I had a lot of fun while doing it. It’s experiences like this that make being a Nyack College student fun and exciting.