Ben, What Do You Enjoy Doing In Washington, DC?

DC is one of the most diverse, vibrant cities in the country. As a foreign policy wonk, it’s also an endless supply of events that can supplement a SAIS education. For example, I’m a big proponent of attending events at Brookings, CSIS, Carnegie, and DC’s other IR schools. If think tanks aren’t your style, there are also dozens of free events every day at museums, government agencies, community centers, etc. Subscribe to the listserv of any organization you may be interested in, just to keep an ear to the ground for noteworthy events.

Being a part of a non-SAIS community group in DC is also really advantageous. For example, I’m part of the DC Stonewall Bocce league, which plays every Thursday in Logan Circle. I’ve been able to make friends of different ages and career paths through the league, and it provides a way to unplug from the SAIS routine.

Finally, I’m a big fan of getting away from DuPont Circle. As great as DuPont is, it is also commercial and largely devoid of the local vibe that makes residential DC so great. On weekends, I spend my time in neighborhoods like Bloomingdale, LeDroit Park, and Shaw, simply because each neighborhood has a local appeal that is worth investigating. DC is a very walk-able city that changes from block to block; so hunkering down at the SAIS library rather than exploring it would mean missing out on everything the city has to offer.

Thanks for reading,
Ben, Student Blogger

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