Wow (Day 2)

I think that I have said “wow” more times today than I ever had. This morning I woke up at six o’clock to get ready by seven because we finally did our Secret Santa, then we all went and ate breakfast with our color groups, then met and got on the bus to see Hoda Kotb.

There are so many words I could use to describe Hoda’s speech. It was absolutely amazing and very inspirational. Hoda started off as any other journalist- she started wanting to work at one place and got rejected and referred to another news station, this cycle went on nine more times until she found someone that believed in her.

After Hoda we all ate lunch at the George Mason campus in Arlington. After lunch we made the short journey to the Newseum. The amount of amazing things in the Newseum is incredible. Some of my favorite exhibits were the 9/11, the Berlin Wall, the Vietnam War movie/room, the FBI room, and the Pulitzer Prize Winners. I think that something in all of those exhibits just kind of hit close to home for me, and that’s why they had such a great effect on me.

After the Newseum we went to dinner at The Exchange, which had pretty decent hamburgers. After dinner we made our way to the WWII monument which was gorgeous. After the WWII Monument a few of us went to the Vietnam War Monument, where I found one of my relatives that I had no clue would be there. John Michael Hoelscher born on September 28, 1947, in Houston, Texas, was just 18 when he was killed in the war serving in the Marine Corps. After the Vietnam Monument I went and saw Abraham Lincoln and was in complete awe of just how huge it actually was.

Today was just WOW!

See you later!

– Cailynne 🙂

 

FINALLY!!! (Day 1)

Today I finally got to meet my bestfriends. Sunday, July 10 I ran in the middle of the road to hug Maggie, I screamed Cam’s name when I saw him, I almost tripped trying to run when I saw Meghan Hall, I ran down a dorm room hallway to hug Cassandra,  made a group trip to go see Kayla, and there is so many more stories I could tell you about meeting my bestfriends for the first time, but that would take forever and I’m kind of tired! So to sum it all up – WJMC 2016 has FINALLY started and I don’t think I could ever be more excited than how I am right now! I can’t to experience so much more with all of the amazing people here, especially my Optimus Lime Group!

See You Tomorrow!

– Cailynne 🙂

New Adventures 

This summer I have been blessed with the opputunity to attend the Washington Journalism and Media Comference held at George Mason University in Fairfax Virginia. At first I was pretty hesitant about attending, but then I realized that this could help me decide what I want to do with the rest of my life. I was also hesitant about going because I didn’t know how I would do in a situation where I knew absolutely no one. That all changed. 

I was put into a group chat on Twitter and met some really amazing people! After being on the chat for a while it just kept getting bigger and bigger. We soon moved apps to Groupme. Now we have 30 plus people and I couldn’t be happier. These people are some of the greatest I’ve ever met. They are supportive, helpful, and loving. I know that I can say things and not have to worry about someone making fun of me because there is always at least one person who knows exactly what you are talking about. 

It honestly amazes me how close we all have become in just the short time we have known each other. I know that I can always count on them and I hope they know that they can always count on me. We are one giant family from all over the country and even an island. I’m so very greatful for these people and to get to experience this adventure with them. July tenth couldn’t come fast enough!! 

Until next time, Cailynne. 🙂