SSP Fall Break Trip 2016- Washington DC

By Jon Koval

The annual fall break trip for SSP was another great success. This year SSP travelled to our nation’s capital, Washington DC. The group left Ohio State early Thursday, October 13th and arrived in DC later that day. The fun started right away, when the group travelled to the park just north of the White House to participate in a Secrets & Scandals Walking Tour. Here everyone learned about the spooky and strange history of past presidents and those closest to them.

On Friday morning SSP headed to the United States Capitol for a guided tour. The group walked through the crypt in the middle of the city, the rotunda that is full of classic artwork and statues, and other historic rooms in the Capitol. After the tour at the US Capitol, the group headed over to the brand new National Museum of African American History & Culture. This great new museum allowed the group to learn how important African American history is to American society today and how African American culture influenced the sports world, the music industry, and many other facets that have shaped America. Here the group also experienced traditional African American cuisines, which were delicious. Finally on Friday night, the group gathered near the campus of Georgetown University for a Ghosts of Georgetown Tour. During the tour, the group learned about the different haunted places around Georgetown’s neighborhood.

On Saturday, the group gathered at Arlington National Cemetery for another guided tour. There SSP experienced the honor and respect given to fallen soldiers of our military, and that was especially apparent when the group watched the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. On Saturday afternoon, the group was allowed to go out into DC in smaller groups to visit different Smithsonian museums of their choice. In total, students from SSP visited the Smithsonian National Zoo, Air and Space Museum, American History Museum, American Art Museum, Natural History Museum, and others.

There was also free time throughout the trip for students to explore the city themselves. Students visited the national monuments and memorials like the Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial, explored the National Archives and other places around the National Mall, and had many different adventures around the city. The trip to Washington DC was an absolute blast and allowed SSP to build a stronger community by experiencing the city together.