“I’ve moved a lot in my life, but nothing has ever been quite as hectic as pushing my way through a rally that would eventually storm the Capitol on my way to a new apartment during a global pandemic. Simply writing that sentence feels like a fever dream, yet it was the reality that the Bauer in D.C. cohort was faced with this year.
The National Guard casually stood armed outside of our local grocery store, it was easier to watch the inauguration on a laptop screen rather than in real life despite being mere minutes from it, and Wall Street suffered the wrath of the internet. Yet the chaos hasn’t stopped us! I started my virtual internship with the Securities and Exchange Commission under the Division of Corporation Finance, which is proving to be a welcome challenge that demands an understanding of financial instruments and their associated risk. We’ve visited monuments, Georgetown, and the National Mall. The experience might feel different, but it certainly hasn’t become any less valuable.
My favorite part so far has been my cohort. We spend so much time together that we are already extremely close. We’re making the best out of the situation through snowball fights, family-style meals, and vulnerable conversations while watching the Bachelor on Tuesday nights. It’s been such a wonderful experience so far, both personally and professionally, and I’m so excited for the upcoming months!”
Political Science & Finance Senior
“Three weeks in and D.C. is pretty cold, but the memories I’ve made so far are keeping me warm.
Inbetween inauguration, the pandemic, and adjusting to a new city, we have explored Georgetown, the Mall, and the streets of D.C. Two highlights for me were our snowball fight on the roof of our apartment, and venturing into the inauguration green-zone and seeing the city without any car traffic.
As most of the usual D.C. sights are still temporarily closed, I have spent time with my new friends. Together we have cooked family style meals and carried with us the spirit of teamwork found throughout Bauer. I look forward to the opening of the Smithsonian Museums, the National Arboretum, and meeting University of Houston Alum.”
Finance & Economics Junior
“The past month has been nothing less than extraordinary! Moving to D.C. in the middle of a pandemic was a big risk that I definitely do not regret taking. I coincidentally got here the day before the capitol storming. Watching from TV, but being able to hear the sirens from our window was a surreal experience. This city is truly where history is made and we are lucky to be able to witness it.
After our quarantine was over, my roommates and I did some exploring. There were a lot of restrictions and closures due to inauguration, but we did not let that slow us down. We went to Georgetown, the National Mall and Arlington, all beautiful places! We have also tried many new restaurants and coffee shops in the area, I have a list of places I cannot leave without trying!
I am extremely grateful for the opportunity Bauer gave me to live in D.C. this semester, although things look a little different than usual, I am determined to make the most out of my time here. I cannot wait for museums to open up. Until then I will continue to take long walks and enjoy the breathtaking views of this city.”
Supply Chain Management Senior
“What a time to be alive. What a time to be in Washington, D.C. My experience thus far has been truly ineffable. I arrived in D.C. on January 6, the day of an insurrection on the Capitol. What followed was a shutdown of the entire city, the beginning of an Impeachment trial, and an Inauguration. As eerily quiet as the city was during this tumultuousness, I truly cannot emphasize how thankful I am to have been in D.C. during these momentous times.
Although the city is still not operating at typical capacity, it has been amazing being able to take it in slowly through small excursions. Riding the metro and learning how to use public transportation after living in Houston my whole life, walking through the National Mall in the freezing cold, eating new cuisines for the first time, having snowball fights in the first snowfall of the year, seeing the city landscape covered in white frost, and spending 24/7 with my amazing roommates whom I have gotten the pleasure to know; all these memories and the fact that a quarter of my experience has already passed make me nostalgic.
Life in D.C. is definitely not normal right now, but it is unconventional circumstances that perhaps make the best memories. Normalcy will (hopefully) soon prevail, and I’m excited for the lockdown to ease so that we can visit the Capitol, the Library of Congress, the many museums, and the rest of D.C.’s attractions.”
Human Resources Management & Finance Junior
“Our first month in D.C was a weird combination of historic yet chill.
Within our first week, we witnessed as the Capitol breached just blocks away from our apartment. Then while quarantining, we watched as members of Congress impeached the President in his last days. In the weeks leading up to the inauguration, we found ourselves restricted while the city went into a virtual lockdown. However, we adapted to the situation and found ourselves exploring the nation’s capital during an unforgettable time.
I’ll always remember wandering around the inauguration red zone with one of the other fellows trying to get a glimpse of the National Mall. As our journey brought us to Black Lives Matter Plaza, we saw people express their freedom of speech and right to protest. On the day of the inauguration, the city did not exhibit the fanfare it had in the past, but there were still people out on the streets in support and opposition to the change in power.
As the National Guard slowly left the area, we had a few more “normal” adventures. From walking around Georgetown while eating cookies from Levain bakery, to taking sunset photos on the National Mall. Mid-way through the month, I finally received my security clearance for the Department of State Internship. In February, I’ll begin working with a team to help in the United States re-joining the World Health Organization.
Our first month in D.C ended with an idyllic winter snowstorm and an impromptu snowball fight on the roof! These last few weeks have been very memorable, both from witnessing history be made to making memories with the other fellows. As January ends, I look forward to further exploring the city and finally starting my internship.”
Accounting & Finance Junior
“After spending about a month in the nation’s capital, we have overcome a two-week quarantine, a city lockdown due to the riots at Capitol Hill, and starting our internships in addition to classes starting up.
During all this craziness, I got accepted to intern in the House of Representatives as a legislative assistant in the office of Rep. Sylvia Garcia. Thoroughly enjoying the unique opportunity, I have already had the chance to draft co-sponsorship recommendations for the congresswomen, write memos on upcoming legislation, and even replying to constituents to clarify bills that are brought to the House.
One of my favorite things to do when I am not working is to go out in the city with my roommates on walks or trying some of the best restaurants in D.C. One of the biggest differences about D.C. compared to Houston is that all of these restaurants have such great outdoor dining patios, and with such cold weather, the heaters and fireplaces come in so handy.
In February, I hope to meet everyone in the office I work in and to find the best way to network with others in D.C. through this virtual environment.”