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Study Tours 9/23/16

Today's study tour started off with a trip to Alion Science and Technology for a Lunch and Learn. I decided to walk to Alion by myself so that I would be able to do it in October when I start interning there. I found the wrong way to go this morning and found out that you can't cut through the one park like Google Maps wanted me to. So I had to reroute but eventually found my way to Alion.

They gave us Potbelly sandwiches for lunch and introduced government contracting in general and an overview of what they did. Being a Security & Intelligence major, I geeked out at this information, but wasn't surprised when the others didn't seem too interested. Although, one of my fellow WAIPers expressed interest in applying there after he graduates.

I got to see my boss's office and he officially wins the title of proudest OSU Alumni. His office is decked out wall to wall in OSU memorabilia that he has collected over the years. My boss is pretty interesting and I can't wait to learn more about him in the coming weeks.

After Alion, we went to our Pentagon tour which was AWESOME. Although our connection wasn't able to give us a private tour, the public tour was still pretty cool. We weren't allowed to take pictures inside the building, but if you get the chance to do a Pentagon tour definitely take it. The Pentagon has four Starbucks within the building which seems excessive until you learn that over 25,000 people work within the Pentagon.

We got to go to the part of the Pentagon that was damaged in the 9/11 attacks which was very sobering. The construction workers vowed to have the repairs done by the first anniversary even though they were given three years to complete the project. They even had a 9/11 memorial chapel located at the site of impact that was very powerful to visit. Throughout the hallways near the impact site, they have quilts that were donated to the Pentagon after the attacks. There were many quilts donated by kids (who are my age now) and it was very interesting and eye-opening to see how the events were displayed by their minds. Overall, the experience was heartbreaking and I had to try to keep my composure. I may have only been seven years old at the time, but as a Security and Intelligence major it really impacts me.

Today was my favorite day of study tours by far and I'm even more excited for our service project on Saturday to Kenilworth Aquatic Park where I will hopefully get to don waders and clean out a pond on National Public Lands Day.

Today's motto: Never Forget

And that's your Dailey dosage.

Posted by ruixueinchina 19:53

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