School's Out: Exploring DC

By Anna Herring

Part of the adventure of student teaching here has been living in D.C. The capitol is full of sites to see, but some of the best “sites” are simple and everyday.

dc sunset

Every morning on my way to school, I take the metro over the Potomac River. The sun is rising over the city, and the view is breathtaking. It gets me excited to start my day, anticipating what I’m doing and thinking about the experiences I’m going to have that day. Every person should experience this view at least once, so if you happen to be headed to Washington, D.C. I would suggest taking 15 minutes to ride from the Pentagon to Washington, D.C. on the yellow line at about 7:00 in the morning. It will make your day brighter and jumpstart your week.

Another favorite and familiar “sight” is the view from my apartment. When I walk out onto my balcony I can see the Pentagon. At night, it looks like a large city, and it makes me grateful for the many hard-working people who help run our country and keep it safe.

Some of my favorite things to do while living in Washington, D.C. have been visiting Mount Vernon, the zoo, the national mall, and all the museums.

The list of sites that I would suggest that every visitor see includes

  • Arlington Cemetery
  • The Jefferson Memorial
  • The Lincoln Memorial
  • The Library of Congress
  • The Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • The National Archives
  • The White House (and all the picketers)
  • The Pentagon
  • The National Cathedral
  • The Washington Monument (you can’t miss it!)
  • The Capitol Building
  • Ford’s Theatre

Although this list doesn’t even cover half of the great things to do and see in Washington, D.C., any trip to the capitol is a chance to learn about our nation and its heritage. There is so much history in this part of the world, and I am so grateful that I’ve had the opportunity to live in and experience this area.

Anna Herring, a senior studying elementary education who is a member of the MSE Student Alumni Board, is student teaching in Washington DC. Follow Anna’s urban student teaching experience during her semester in our nation’s capitol.

Anna Herring sits next to a statue of Abraham Lincoln

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