Wow. “Culture shock” doesn’t even begin to describe the transition from a small town in rural Texas to our nation’s capital! I woke up this morning knowing that I would be at the WMJC when I laid my head back down, but the reality of that didn’t even start to sink in. In fact, I’ve had a whole day to soak it all up, and it still seems surreal.
As I sat at the DFW Airport, giving myself a pep talk and preparing to fly alone for the first time, another passenger recognized my WMJC t-shirt and enthusiastically ran over to me. After I got over the initial confusion caused by a complete stranger being super pumped to see me, I realized that she was also on her way to the WMJC. During the plane ride, the dry, brown landscape turned lush green, and it was clear that we were no longer in Dallas, Texas. As we walked down the steps leading directly from the tiny plane, she said “I feel like a first lady or something right now.”
After finding the rest of our group at the airport, I think we both felt like we could finally breathe. No longer worried that we would be left behind to wander the streets of D.C., my friend and I were able to relax, as we got on the charter bus and gazed in awe of our surroundings. We kept finding ourselves looking at each other in awe saying, “Is this really happening right now?” Luckily, it wasn’t some weird and vivid dream, but instead a reality that continued to soak in throughout the day as we arrived at the WMJC, stepped onto George Mason University, and eventually found ourselves listening to none other than Peter Doocy.
As a high school debater, it was incredible to go from watching interviews and pouring over news articles to listening to a correspondent in person. As a young reporter from Fox News, Doocy’s incite was truly inspiring. The same guy that has covered stories like the Boston Marathon bombing and Sandy Hook could also relate to us on college life and career searching, making our dreams and aspirations seem not quite so far out of reach.