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Joseph Garcia

Pueblo, CO

Joseph Garcia - Entry 1

June 16, 2009

Please describe your first week in Washington, D.C.

FAST. It feels like I just got done packing to come to DC and now I am done with one full week of the CHCI program. I don't know if the days have been flying by because I am enjoying myself out here or if I have just been that busy.

Also, I noticed the pace of life in DC is accelerated in comparison to Colorado. I miss the mountains. I miss being able to watch the sunset from practically anywhere.

DC has definitely lived up to hype though. Last Saturday I visited the mall for the first time. I cannot find the correct words to express the huge amount of gratitude I felt when visiting the WWII and Lincoln Memorials. I was truly filled with pride. It just blows my mind that the young men who fought and died in WWII and the Vietnam War were not much older than me.

I have so much I want to accomplish in my life, I don't know if I would have been willing to accept that call to serve. I find this troublesome. This country has given my family so much.

To sum it up, the first week exceeded expectations.

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