Sadly, Thursday was my last full day at the Washington Journalism and Media Conference (WJMC) hosted at George Mason University (GMU). I’ve had the most incredible experience thus far and I don’t want it to ever end! Despite its bittersweetness, Thursday was full of fun activities. As I have been since Monday, today I’m recapping yesterday (Thursday) for you! If you haven’t read my last four daily WJMC recaps, you can find them here, here, here, and here! Enjoy!
I overslept a little again and woke up at 6:30 a.m. to get ready for breakfast and the day ahead. After putting on what was probably my favorite outfit from this week, I met a friend in the courtyard and we went to breakfast at 7:10 a.m. I had Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal before we met our color group outside at 7:45 a.m. to load the bus and go to the National Mall.
Upon arrival around 9:15 a.m., all of the correspondents were arranged in front of the Capitol Building for a group picture. Once the picture was taken, we were given the opportunity to have a headshot taken by the conference photographer. The lines were super long, so I opted out on that one.
I, along with a few of my friends in my color group, chose to go on a tour of the U.S. Capitol Building at 10:15 a.m. The tour honestly wasn’t the most fun thing in the world, but I have to admit the building’s interior was absolutely gorgeous. Tons of beautiful ceilings, marvelous paintings, and marble details could be found throughout the building. At the end of the tour, I bought a tee shirt and a postcard.
After we left the Capitol Building, my group was seriously starving, so we ate at Mitsitam Native Foods Café inside the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian. I had a way overpriced turkey burger and chips. During lunch, I decided I wanted to go to the National Gallery of Art and found someone in my group to go with me (since we’re supposed to operate on a buddy system). We left for the gallery immediately after lunch and were able to spend about forty-five minutes there admiring the art. The art there was all so beautiful and artistically crafted, but I think my favorite pieces were Andy Warhol’s. I’ve been learning about Warhol in art classes since the eighth grade and this was my first time seeing any of his work in person. I loved it all just as much as my art teachers did.
When we left the gallery it was time to meet up with the WJMC group in front of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and load the buses. When we got back to GMU campus around 4:00 p.m., we had free time to get ready for the gala until meeting our color groups around 6:15 p.m. to load the buses.
When we got to the Marriot where the gala was being held around 7:00PM, we took a few group pictures outside before going in. Inside, we had a three course meal of salad, a delicious chicken dish, and the best chocolate cake ever. Right before dessert was brought out, one of the WJMC staff members went up to the stage to thank everyone who makes WJMC possible each year and congratulate us on a fantastic week. As soon as that little speech was over, the lights dimmed, music started playing, and we all devoured our chocolate cake before making our way to the dance floor. I thought dancing would be a little awkward and middle school-esque, but it was so much fun! I loved dancing with the friends I’ve been getting to know all week and even new ones I met on the dance floor. Around 11:00 p.m., the lights came back on and the gala ended. It was such a fun night and I won’t ever forget it.
(The lights continued to dim lower after this picture in case you were wondering.)
When we returned from the gala around 11:30 p.m., I took another quick shower to rinse all of the dancing sweat off before finishing up my packing and going to bed.
Thanks for reading! Return tomorrow morning for a recap of my last day at WJMC/returning home and follow me on Instagram @apocketfuloffaith here so you can see pictures from my day in real time via posts and my story!