May 13, 2011

Sisters in our Nation’s Capital: The Eta Lambda Chapter

At George Mason University, students are fortunate enough to live about thirty minutes away from the historical Washington, D.C. With a metro station twenty minutes off-campus, many sisters visit D.C. on the weekends, hold internships, or attend sporting events. When friends and family visit, there are many places to go to show how fun and entertaining our nation’s capital can be.

1. Georgetown Cupcakes, located on the corner of 33rd and M Street in the heart of Georgetown, has become our sisters’ favorite cupcakery. Whether it is for an event or to get a sweet and delicious treat, sisters are always visiting this fine establishment.

Sister Kersten Smith visiting Georgetown Cupcakes

2. Every spring, Washington D.C. is in full cherry blossom bloom. For a short time, the National Cherry Blossom Festival is held, commemorating the gift of 3,000 cherry trees donated by Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo. This celebration honors the lasting friendship between the United States and Japan and the continued close relationship between the two countries. This is the favorite time of the year for Eta Lambda sisters!

Chapter President Amanda Santiago visiting the Cherry Blossoms this spring.

3. Washington National’s Baseball is always a great time, especially with your sisters. In the fall of 2010, Eta Lambda went on a sisterhood retreat to a National’s game, and we were even on the big screen! Just a quick trip on the metro to southwest Washington and your right there at National’s Park!

Alpha Phi sisters at a Nationals baseball game.

4. D.C. United is the local professional soccer team that plays at RFK Stadium, which is also off of the metro. If you are not a big football or baseball fan, D.C. United might be able to provide you with some sporting entertainment!

Sisters Kersten Smith and Bri Roth at a D.C. United and New York Red Bulls soccer game.

5. Every fall, the Eta Lambda chapter attends the annual D.C. AIDS Walk. Washington D.C. has the highest rate of HIV/AIDS in the nation, with approximately 1 in every 50 people diagnosed with the disease, and even more with HIV. We recognize how important it is to support members of the Washington D.C. community by doing our part and attending the AIDS Walk.

6. Internships are a large part in furthering your college career, and with George Mason near D.C., many sisters take advantage of this opportunity to intern in our nation’s capital! Kristin Caulley has an internship with the United Stated Department of Agriculture, Peyton Lausch interns with North Dakota Senator Kent Conrad, Gaby Webster interns with Texan Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee and Danitte Fisher interns with the Washington Wizards basketball team!

Gaby Webster with U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice.

7. Museums and monuments are the main attraction of Washington D.C. Personal favorites are the Newseum, Washington National Monument, and the National Zoo. If you are ever visiting D.C., get off at the Smithsonian metro stop on the orange line and walk down the National Mall!

Sisters Kristi Mann, Mary Ramirez, and Kelsey Van Vranken in front of the Washington National Monument.

I hope this photographic tour of Washington D.C. and Georgetown has inspired you to make a summer trip to the nation’s capital!

Alex Jackson is a senior at George Mason (Theta Iota).
I have asked the sisters of Eta Lambda to share with me their experiences in Washington, D.C., so here is a photographic tour of the Eta Lambda chapter’s favorite things in Washington and Georgetown.


gaby said...

Wonder post Alex! I miss you so much already :( <3 <3

gaby said...

I miss you so much already Alex! Great post, and best of luck! AOE <3 :)