October's been a busy month for me. I was out of DC for three weekends in a row and now I'm trying to settle down again and get my assignments and life under control.
Today's study tour was to the Newseum. It's one of the best museums in the DC area and I was fortunate enough to go when I was in DC in 2011. The exhibits have changed since then because, well, a lot of news has happened in the past 5 years. Today I spent a lot of time at the 9/11 exhibit and it made me realize that the horrific attacks on 9/11 have brought me to where I am in life now. 9/11 sparked an interest in counter-terrorism and homeland security when I was in high school. I took a Homeland Security and Terrorism course through CCAC my senior year of high school which led me to my Security and Intelligence major at OSU which has brought me to DC.
Wall of newspaper front pages from 9/11
There were a lot of school groups at the Newseum today. While at the 9/11 exhibit, I was looking at the WTC antenna that they have on display. Many of the kids walked by, said "what's that", and kept walking. I was shocked to realize that those kids didn't know about 9/11. It made me wonder how 9/11 is taught in schools now...I may have only been in first grade with Mrs. Noonan on September 11, 2001, but I still vividly remember that day.
Upper section of the WTC North Tower antenna
I grew up affected by the repercussions of 9/11 and those repercussions have brought me here today. I'm trying to do my part to combat terrorism; I may just be one small woman in a male dominated field, but I'm going to try to make my mark on this world.
Here's to happier and more peaceful times in our world.
Today's motto: grind then shine.
And that's your Dailey dosage.