I'm in D.C.!

Posted on Thursday, Nov 09, 2017

In College Station, the weekends were a time to sleep in and stay in bed.  After long weeks of work and school it was easy for me to fall into bed, open my laptop up to Netflix, and fall asleep watching “The Office” or “Criminal Minds”. 

My week day schedule in Washington, D.C. includes a 6:00 am wake up, a 7:40 am metro ride, an 8:05 am coffee stop, and finally an 8:15 am arrival at the Department of Justice.  Work is fast paced and varied, my tasks change from day to day, and the longer I am here the more I have to do. 

When I leave work between 5:30 and 6:00 pm I feel like the walking dead (more than once I have dozed off and missed the Chrystal City metro stop).  After my evening run I am ready to eat and drag myself to bed at 9:00 pm; I’m usually out like a light as soon as my head hits the pillow. 

By Friday evenings the foremost thing on my mind is sleep and when I get home the temptation to crawl into bed is strong….but…I’M IN D.C. 

When I arrived here I thought a semester was a long time, I thought I had all the time in the world to see our country’s capital city.   As it turns out, a semester is not a long time at all, it is actually no time at all.  As the weeks have gone by I have had the incredible opportunity to see so many parts of Washington, D.C. and it is because I have continually reminded myself that I can sleep when I am dead. 

For future interns and applicants: TIME FLIES.  Take advantage of every single second you have wherever you are interning.  Work hard but don’t forget to have fun.  Do everything.  Do the touristy things, do the local things, do the crazy and weird things, don’t miss a second of what this amazing city has to offer, NO MATTER HOW TIRED YOU ARE. 

As my wise roommate would say, “I’M IN D.C.  I’M IN D.C.”

Katy Jo Richards
U.S. Department of Justice
Washington, D.C. | fall 2017