Odds & Ends
Stress and the City: People in DC can get pretty stressed out by the whole business of managing (or mismanaging) the country. Make sure you find ways to stay above the fray—read a book or listen to music while you commute, give yourself plenty of time to get to where you’re going, carry a map and plan out routes before you start traveling, and keep to the right on the escalator!
Functional Fashion: Make sure you get a good, sturdy pair of shoes! You’ll be spending a lot of time walking in DC, especially if you’re an intern, so make sure you have comfortable shoes that don’t wear out easily. Dressing to impress? If you have to wear heels to work, it’s a good idea to bring an extra pair of flats to store in your purse for the commute home.
Washington Weather: Weather in DC is pretty mild, with few extremes. If you’re coming for the summer, prepare yourself for the humidity, especially if you’re not used to it. Dress in layers, drink PLENTY of water, and invest in a good pair of sunglasses. If you’re here for the long haul, get a good umbrella and pair of boots for the rainy days/weeks.
Safety Matters: There is crime in every city, but DC tends to have higher crime rates, so practice good safety habits. Keep your eyes peeled and hold on to all of your belongings; travel with friends at night; and alert the proper authorities if you see something suspicious. Better safe than sorry!
Did You Know?
Although DC residents pay taxes to the federal government, they do not have a voting representative in Congress. That's why you may see license plates on cars that say “No Taxation without Representation.”
The White House was originally called the “President’s Palace” or the “President’s House.” A Baltimore reporter once called it the “white house” in a newspaper article and the name stuck. President Theodore Roosevelt made this official in 1901.