And We’re Off! The First Two Weeks {Fall 2017}

The ASP Fall 2017 cohort has now been in Washington, DC for two weeks. This semester, we have representatives from Biola University, Bluefield College, George Fox University, Gordon College, John Brown University, Judson University, Northwest University, Olivet Nazarene University, Seattle Pacific University, and Whitworth University.

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Checking out the amazing view from the Dellenback rooftop! [L to R: Rebekah Mauer (Whitworth University), James Selvey and Elizabeth Lanham (Olivet Nazarene University), Shelby Baumgartner (Biola University), and Bethany Maddox and Matt Logan (John Brown University)]

After a few days of orientation, the students were off to explore the city. Their adventures brought them to the top of the Old Post Office Pavilion, a baseball game at Nationals Stadium, and to volunteering at Little Lights (an after-school program). Continuing with the ASP tradition of Bus Day, the students spent their first Saturday meeting their new neighbors in each of DC’s four quadrants.

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ASP Director Dr. Peter Baker and his son, Jackson (ASP Fall 2027), at the Nationals game.

In the classroom, we have been learning about the origin stories of state, law, and government, and why political order and development matter to public policy.  We have also been discussing what it looks like to live and lead when Christ and his kingdom define our identity and images of success at work. And on Monday, the students will show up for the first day of work at their internships!

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Hope Koumentakos (right, Gordon College) speaks with fellow Gordon alumna Townsend McNitt (left, ASP Fall 1987). Townsend led a class discussion on how to have a successful internship.

Check back here for regular updates on what we learn and experience this semester, and keep scrolling for more pictures from the first two weeks:

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At the top of the Old Post Office Pavilion. With the Washington Monument closed until 2019, this is the next best view of the city! [back L to R: Matt Logan (John Brown University), Hope Koumentakos (Gordon College), Ian Snively (George Fox University), Luke Atherton (Whitworth University), Dominic Heiden (Seattle Pacific University); front L to R: Nathan Sebranke (Northwest University), Teague Broquard and Bethany Maddox (John Brown University), and Rebekah Mauer (Whitworth University)]

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Shelby Baumgartner (Biola University) and Dagoberto Acevedo (Bluefield College) give a thumbs-up to Eastern Market.

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The Trinity Forum invited the ASP students to an evening event at the National Press Club– a discussion with Ambassador Mark Lagon (not pictured) on the connections between faith-based notions of human dignity and international development efforts.

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An impromptu photo shoot while walking by a Women’s Equality Day event at the Newseum.

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Lincoln Park is only a 15-minute walk from the Dellenback apartments. [L to R: Alex Reinhold (Judson University), Kelby Goudey (Gordon College), Dominic Heiden (Seattle Pacific University), and Nathan Sebranke (Northwest University)]

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Selected “Best Picture” from Bus Day

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Winners of Fall 2017 Bus Day #1: The Filibuster Family! Their matching t-shirts definitely provided an advantage.

 


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20 Reasons to Spend a Semester in D.C.

The reasons to spend a semester in D.C. are too many to count. But here are twenty memorable experiences highlighted by this semester’s students during their first month here in Washington, D.C.:

Connecting with the City

  1. I love how I feel like I am a part of something important everywhere I go.
    • Andrew Ramirez, Olivet Nazarene University
  2. The connectivity in D.C.— with diverse organization and movements— really builds an overall picture of the body of Christ.
    • Sharlene Oong, Messiah College
  3. I knew it was fast-paced, especially in government work…but you don’t really know until you know. That surprised me.
    • Rachel Pelletier, Malone University
  4. I love how much is happening each day in this city.
    • Caleb Mathena, Whitworth University
  5. Being able to witness history in the making.
    • Ashley Fisher, Vanguard University
  6. I love the fast-paced environment here in D.C. It keeps me on my toes!
    • Karina Reyes, Fresno Pacific University

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Getting Around

  1. I love how everything is walking distance; it makes impromptu adventures easier.
    • Debora Timmer, Olivet Nazarene University
  2. I’ve been surprised at how accustomed I’ve gotten to walking. I laugh when I think about how I took an Uber to places that were only a 20 minute walk away!
    • Ashlyn Rollins, Corban University
  3. I was surprised that I didn’t take the wrong bus on the first day of my internship.
    • Rolaine Castro, Fresno Pacific University

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Favorite Things to Do & See

  1. I love the rush you feel when you’re surrounded by amazing history, beautiful buildings, and my version of celebrities—Congress!
    • Kaitlyn Fehderau, Fresno Pacific University
  2. My most memorable experience so far has been going to the Newseum!
    • Alyssa Burlingame, Azusa Pacific University
  3. I’ve been surprised about how easy it is to find people you see on TV!
    • Alexander Hamann, Messiah College
  4. Learning to give tours of the Capitol as a part of my internship has been the most memorable.
    • Katherine Jeffreys, Gordon College
  5. Visiting Lincoln at night has been the most memorable.
    • Amanda Enzenauer, Vanguard University
  6. The Women’s March on Washington was a formational event for me. I am so thankful to have been here for this monumental event.
    • Julia Baslé, John Brown University
  7. I hope I never forget the chilling excitement of seeing the Washington Monument at night.
    • Lydia Deatherage, Corban University

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Living in Community

  1. The most memorable part of D.C. has been getting to know each person in the program and connecting with them on academics, music, politics, and internships.
    • Jillian Pascua, Vanguard University
  2. I love how easy it is to adjust to the city-life because of how accommodating DC residents are.
    • Ryan Bolton, Friends University
  3. Getting to know the city through adventures with new friends has been most memorable.
    • Carlye Poff, Wheaton College
  4. I love the diversity of the people in D.C. Every day is a new opportunity to meet a different person, with a different background, experiences, and stories.
    • Daulton DePatis, Olivet Nazarene University

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      And in case you need Reason #21: Yes, we do have Chick-fil-A!

 

First Two Weeks (in Pictures!) {Spring 2017}

The ASP Spring 2017 Cohort have taken buses through some of the city’s vibrant neighborhoods, cheered on the Washington Wizards at the Verizon Center, volunteered at an after-school program, explored a few museums, and attended the Presidential Inauguration— and that’s just in the first two weeks! This morning, the students are off to the first day at their internships. Check back for updates on what they learn and experience this semester.

Keep scrolling for a view of the first two weeks from the students’ perspective:

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(L to R) Rolaine Castro (Fresno Pacific University), Caleb Mathena (Whitworth University), Julia Baslé (John Brown University), Alyssa Burlingame (Azusa Pacific University), and Jillian Pascua (Vanguard University) are ready to start their semester in Washington, D.C.!

 

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(L to R) Jillian Pascua, Ashley Fisher, and Amanda Enzenauer (all of Vanguard University) at the 58th Presidential Inauguration. (PC: Jillian Pascua)

 

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Debora Timmer (Olivet Nazarene University) snaps a picture of her ticket to the Inauguration Ceremony.

 

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(L to R) Kaitlyn Fehderau (Fresno Pacific University), Katherine Jeffreys (Gordon College), and Lydia Deatherage (Corban University) pose in front of a street-art mural in the Navy Yard neighborhood. (PC: Katherine Jeffreys)

 

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Tasting the many delicious options at the Eastern Market! (PC: Ashley Fisher)

 

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At the Washington Wizards Game!

 

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Alex Hamann, Randy Lohman (both of Messiah College), and Carlye Poff (Wheaton College) stand outside of the United States Botanic Garden. (D.C. Pro Tip: This is a great place to thaw out after you have been exploring the city in cold!)

 

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One of the first things ASP students like to do is apply for an official reader card at the Library of Congress. There isn’t a better place to do homework!

 

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(L to R) Karina Reyes (Fresno Pacific University), Daulton DePatis (Olivet Nazarene University), and Alex Ruple (Mount Vernon Nazarene University) visit the National Museum of American History.

 

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(L to R) Ryan Bolton (Friends University), Lydia Deatherage (Corban University), and Kaitlyn Fehderau (Fresno Pacific University) are pleasantly surprised by what is within walking distance of the ASP Dellenback Center!

 

 

One Month in D.C. {Spring 2016}

ASP Spring 2016 has been here just over a month! Here are a few things they have learned in D.C. so far.

I’ve learned “relationship building skills, more about myself, how to plan meals for the week and score free meals!” –Courtney, Taylor University

“Strangers are only friends waiting to be made.” –Sarah, Northwestern College – Iowa

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“I learned the importance of having confidence in myself, my unique experiences, skills, and abilities.  If you don’t cheer for yourself, who will?” –Adela, Messiah College

I’ve learned “how to be involved in community.”

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“Public transportation isn’t as complicated as it seems — getting groceries, however, is.” –Rachel, Malone University

“I’ve learned to seek the Lord in times of change.” –Patrick, Taylor University

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“I may not be a politician, but I have power as a pedestrian.  I will exercise my power!” –Janet, Fresno Pacific University

I’ve learned “how to be confident in overwhelming situations; how to grocery shop; the value of having coffee with someone and hearing about their experiences.” –Cara, Olivet Nazarene University

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I’ve learned “how to navigate the metro bus system.” –Sarah, Southeastern University

“Networking is important. You need to be confident and approach people, but you also need to be approachable, as well.” –Hannah, Vanguard University

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“No story is too small to share.  No experience is too small to live.  No pizza is too big to eat.” –Ashley, Dordt College

“The right side of the escalator is for tourists, the left side for locals and commuters.” –Stephen, Northwestern College – Iowa

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First Two Weeks in D.C. {Spring 2016}

ASP Spring 2016’s first two weeks in D.C. have been filled with making friends, getting to know the city, and dealing with snow! Scroll through some snapshots from the semester’s orientation.

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Getting to know each other through Three Things

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Exploring the neighborhood during Bus Day 1: Courtney Selle, Taylor University; Mckayla Henderson, Biola University; Rachel Parnell, Malone University; and Farnel Maxime, Gordon College

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Apartment 9 ladies: Adela Antal, Messiah College; Hannah Scheenstra, Vanguard University of Southern California; Sarah Ooi, Messiah College; and Sarah Copeland, Southeastern University

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Adela Antal (Messiah College) reads with a local elementary school student at Little Lights Urban Ministries {Photo credit: Little Lights}

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Rachel Taylor (Messiah College) helps a local elementary school student with her homework at Little Lights Urban Ministries. {Photo credit: Little Lights}

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Attending a Washington Wizards NBA game: Farnel Maxime, Gordon College; Mckayla Henderson, Biola University; Veronica Ibarra, Biola University; and Rachel Taylor, Messiah College

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We got snow! Thanks to our dedicated students for helping to shovel out our offices and the Dellenback Center: Farnel Maxime, Gordon College; Sarah Ooi, Messiah College; Cara Champlin, Olivet Nazarene University; Adela Antal, Messiah College; and Sarah Wedel, Northwestern College.

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All dressed up for the CCCU 40th Anniversary Gala!

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ASP-Gordon College student Farnel Maxime with his president, Dr. Michael Lindsay, at the CCCU 40th Anniversary Gala

This morning, students are off to the first day of their internships.  Check back for updates on what they learn at work!

What I’ve Learned So Far {Fall 2015}

Fall 2015 students have been in D.C. for a month! We asked them what they have learned about their new city so far.  Here are a few of their responses.

“The city is a metaphor for life. Everything is constantly and rapidly changing at all times. Being here has helped me to remember how important faith is. Even when we don’t see the next step ahead, have faith.”
— Christine O., Azusa Pacific University

“The city is full of brilliant people who are more than willing to teach you.”
— Eric H., Gordon College

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“There’s more to D.C. than the federal side. The neighborhoods have so much life to them!”
— Danni J., University of Northwestern – St. Paul

“D.C. is a really small town. Everyone seems to know everyone, so a good (or bad) interaction with a person can go a long way.”
— Jason S., Biola University

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“D.C. is a very federal power type of place. It almost puts on a show to a point where it detracts from the real D.C.: neighborhoods, communities, and people.”
— Isaac S., Vanguard University

“D.C. is culturally rich. Everywhere you go, you experience a different culture and can be welcomed in. I experienced so much culture this weekend at the H St. Festival and the Latino Festival on Penn. It’s not just suits and ties here — it’s food, singing, and dancing on Pennsylvania Avenue with strangers.”
–Tori G., Gordon College

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— Jodie H., Messiah College

“Life in D.C. is very fast-paced. Everyday you have to be better at what you do, especially at the office/workplace. You will meet nice people and mean people, but you should show respect to all kinds.”
— Brandan W., Taylor University

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Welcome to Fall 2015!

ASP Fall 2015 is off to a great start with students from Azusa Pacific University, Biola University, Gordon College, Judson University, Messiah College, Taylor University, University of Northwestern – St. Paul, Vanguard University of Southern California, Warner Pacific College, Westmont College, and William Jessup University.  Especially exciting this semester is the launch of our new Strategic Communication study track! Internships start week after next, but until then, students are exploring their new home; discussing themes of justice, power and poverty, shalom, and faithful practice; serving their community; and building relationships.

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Introductions via “Three Things”

Trivia night on the roof of the Dellenback Center

Trivia night on the roof of the Dellenback Center

Exploring the city through Bus Day 1

Exploring the city through Bus Day 1

Another group exploring the city through Bus Day 1

Another group exploring the city through Bus Day 1

We love our neighbors at Little Lights Urban Ministries. Each semester ASP students get the Little Lights buildings ready for the school year and sometimes volunteer as tutors.

We love our neighbors at Little Lights Urban Ministries. Each semester, ASP students get the Little Lights buildings ready for the school year and sometimes volunteer as tutors.

With Miss Linda, associate director of Little Lights

With Miss Linda, associate director of Little Lights

Bus Day 2 {Spring 2015}

As part of the Neighborhood Engagement component of their semester, students participate in several “Bus Days,” scavenger hunts throughout the city.  Click through the slides and videos below to see the experiences of three groups on Bus Day 2 this weekend.

Mount Pleasant in northwest DC:

with Alexcis Albert (Vanguard University), Tim Carr (Gordon College), Alberto Sanchez (Fresno Pacific University), and Patricia Vazquez (Fresno Pacific University)

Brookland in northeast DC:

with Hannah Crites (Franciscan University), Neakzaad Horriat (Biola University), Savannah Scherkenback (Azusa Pacific University), and Chelsea Tyson (Regent University)

Adams Morgan in northwest DC:

with Carolina Alvarado (Taylor University), Katie Barany (Eastern University), Eric Corona (Biola University), Jacob Fusek (Southeastern University), and Danica Smithwick (Union University)

One Month in D.C. {Spring 2015}

ASP students have finished their second week of internships and track work and are celebrating one month of being in Washington. What have they learned in D.C. so far?

Savannah Scherkenback, Azusa Pacific University: (1) When you arrive–walk everywhere during your first week! That’s how you get to know the heartbeat of this city.  (2) One of the best “must do” experiences: grocery shopping on weekends at Eastern Market.  Talk to the people.

Katie Barany, Eastern University: The city is alive and busy, and so am I.  There is always cool stuff happening if you look.

ASP students attended an event at George Washington University with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg {photo credit: Katie Barany}

ASP students attended an event at George Washington University with Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia {photo credit: Katie Barany}

Timothy Carr, Gordon College: We aren’t in Vermont anymore.

Alberto Sanchez, Fresno Pacific University: I have learned that this city is amazing.  I want to keep learning what it takes to be successful in this city.  My internship is very fun.

Amanda Bishop, Biola University: Lebanese food in DC is delicious (like the “Lebanese Chipotle”).

Biola ASPers joined Biola President Barry Corey on Capitol Hill to meet with Congressman Ed Royce [l-r: Amanda Bishop, President Corey, Congressman Royce, Neakzaad Horriat, Luke Bennett, and Eric Corona] {photo credit: Eric Corona}

Biola ASPers joined Biola President Barry Corey on Capitol Hill to meet with Congressman Ed Royce (CA-39) [l-r: Amanda Bishop, President Corey, Congressman Royce, Neakzaad Horriat, Luke Bennett, and Eric Corona] {photo credit: Amanda Bishop}

Luke Bennett, Biola University: There is no excuse for being bored.  There is always something to do, so go do it.

Charlie Richert, Taylor University: D.C. is a wonderful place, full of energy, growth, and vigor.  At the same time, it is a city full of hurt, poverty, and inequality.

Students hang out in the Dellenback [l-r: Rachel Malcolm (Azusa Pacific University), Shelby Holloway (Trinity Western University), Alexcis Albert (Vanguard University of Southern California), Carolina Alvarado (Taylor University), and Norann Beidas (Whitworth University)]

Students hang out in the Dellenback [l-r: Rachel Malcolm (Azusa Pacific University), Shelby Holloway (Trinity Western University), Alexcis Albert (Vanguard University of Southern California), Carolina Alvarado (Taylor University), and Norann Beidas (Whitworth University)]

Norann Beidas, Whitworth University: I have learned the layout of the city and how I can attend amazing events because of this knowledge.

Alexcis Albert, Vanguard University of Southern California: There are so many kind people in the city that love to discuss anything and everything.  It is so easy to meet cool people like the Mayor of London, and congressional hearings are awesome to see politicians in action.  Come to D.C.–it’s amazing!

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London Mayor Boris Johnson at a Politico event attended by ASP students {photo credit: Norann Beidas}

Eric Corona, Biola University: Here in D.C., it is never proper to merely ride the escalator; you must expeditiously walk.  Escalators are not fast enough.

Jacob Fusek, Southeastern University: Opportunities are everywhere if you keep your eyes open!

Patricia Vazquez Topete, Fresno Pacific University: So far I think I have started to learn how to network at different events and how to reach out to people who have similar interests.

Oscar Martinez is the author of The Beast (Spanish translation for The Immigrants that Don't Matter). On Wednesvday Feb.  12 he won the WOLA and Duke Human Rights Book Award. The Beast talks about the journey that immigrants take from Central America to the U.S. Mexican Border and the dangerous experiences they encounter. At the book award Martinez said that individuals from El Salvador don't just immigrate but they flee their country.

Salvadorean journalist Oscar Martinez receives the WOLA-Duke Human Rights Book Award at an event hosted by the Washington Office on Latin America, where ASPer Patricia Vazquez Topete is interning.  Mr. Martinez is the author of The Beast which chronicles the journey that immigrants take from Central America to the U.S.-Mexican Border and the dangerous experiences they encounter. {photo credit: Patricia Vazquez Topete}

Neakzaad Horriat, Biola University: Everyone is here for a purpose, and if you are here without a purpose, you cannot succeed.  But if you do have a purpose, you will flourish here.

Rachel Malcolm, Azusa Pacific University: I have learned about the interesting dynamic of Washington, D.C.  The poor work and live side by side with the rich.

Carolina Alvarado, Taylor University: Never underestimate the metro system.

Homeless Liaison for Prince George's County speaking at a panel discussion on child homelessness hosted by the Congressional Homelessness Caucus and Senator Patty Murray's office (WA)

Homeless Liaison for Prince George’s County speaking at a panel discussion on child homelessness hosted by the Congressional Homelessness Caucus and Senator Patty Murray’s office (WA) {photo credit: Christina McIntyre}

Tara Tankersley, North Central University: The world is bigger than I thought it was! But very different people living in the same place is a beautiful thing.

Reuben Van Gaalen, Dordt College: Advice from someone at my internship — “Never think like an intern!”

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The Start of a New Semester {Spring 2015}

On January 15, we welcomed a wonderful new group of ASP students to Washington, D.C.! In the two weeks since arrival, they have stayed busy with class, scavenger hunts, volunteering, and exploring the city on their own.

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Move-in day welcome team: Kelley Griffin, program administrator; Erin Cox, Public Policy track instructor; James Kim, resident director

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Learning about neighborhood dogs during community life orientation with resident director James Kim!

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Hanging out in the apartments [l-r: Luke Bennett, Biola University; Neakzaad Horriat, Biola University; Evan Wilt, Geneva College; Jude Abeler, Palm Beach Atlantic University; Jacob Fusek, Southeastern University; and Tara Tankersley, North Central University]

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Tutoring children through Little Lights Urban Ministries’ after-school program–visit http://www.littlelights.org to learn more about this neighborhood organization

Eric Corona (Biola University), Reuben Van Gaalen (Dordt College), and Norann Beidas (Whitworth University) outside Navy Yard during Bus Day 1 [photo credit: Norann Beidas]

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Ice skating on the National Mall outside the Archives [l-r: Evan Wilt, Geneva College; Luke Bennett, Biola University; Savannah Scherkenback, Azusa Pacific University; Reuben Van Gaalen, Dordt College; Tara Tankersley, North Central University; and Jude Abeler, Palm Beach Atlantic University] [Photo credit: Luke Bennett]

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Discovering local coffee shop Sidamo [l-r: Reuben Van Gaalen, Dordt College; Jacob Fusek, Southeastern University; Norann Beidas, Whitworth University; and Alexcis Albert, Vanguard University of Southern California]