Today was a long day! It began at 8:30am and ended at 10:30pm. Who knew we were going to walk nearly six miles?
We visited George Washington University this morning. The campus is not at all like UCSB. It is instead spread out over twelve city blocks and part of the city!
During our tour of the Engineering Department we learned that females make up forty percent of the students in the department (an impressive number). As the guide showed us the classrooms and labs we learned more about some of their projects. Groups of students were testing robots to assist the U.S. Military in exploring dangerous environments abroad and detect when an elderly person had fallen.
Big white boards (wall to wall) are placed throughout the building to brainstorm and study. We happened to peek our heads in and see two research projects written on the board. Both focused on young children: detecting Autism in children under two, bettering fetal monitoring.
Some of us have been very torn between the two branches of STEM (engineering and medical) but before we left our tour guide mentioned she was a biomedical engineer. Discovering this made us realize we could balance our love for engineering along with our interest in human biology.
Our evening concluded with a two hour nighttime trolley tour of the most famous historical monuments in our country. Just Joe, the tour guide, was engaging, witty and kind. Some of the monuments that we visited included the Washington Monument, the Abraham Lincoln Memorial, Iwo Jima, the Vietnam Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial.
The two that resonated with many of us were the Vietnam Memorial and the Arlington National Cemetery because they are just a reminder of all the people who have fought to protect our country and those who sacrificed their lives so that we can be free.
We are all feeling lots of gratitude tonight.
– Ana, Karen, Xochitl