While in DC I have had so many amazing new experiences: new school, new internship, new friends, new places to explore. And now, as the latest in my list of DC adventures, I am writing my first ever blog post!
I want to use this blog to help college students learn how to get involved in organizations where they can give back to the environment. The blog will document my progress for my Activism and Social Media course’s “Do Something” project. I plan to contact, visit, and volunteer at as many environmental organizations that are headquartered in Washington DC as possible over the course of this semester. This blog will document my experiences at each organization, which will include descriptions of my volunteer experience, interviews, photos, advice on how to get involved at each organization, and whatever else I learn about each organization. I want this blog to be a sort of guidebook and forum for other students who don’t have much time in their busy lives but want to get involved in protecting the environment.
As a current Washington Semester student, I know that many of us are excited to explore DC by doing and seeing as much as possible in the three short months that we are here. I want people to realize that once they have visited the monuments, museums, and Capitol Hill, there are so many other ways to get involved and explore this city. Washington DC is the perfect place to get involved in environmental protection because so many incredible national and international organizations have their headquarters or offices in DC. I want to use this project as a chance to make a difference in a problem I am passionate about by helping other students learn how to get involved with important environmental organizations. I believe that volunteering and getting involved at environmental organizations will add greatly to my experience in DC, as it would for any college student who has the opportunity to live in this amazing city. Our nation needs more young people who are passionate about protecting the environment, who then act on this passion by getting involved in some way. Students in DC are lucky because there are many amazing options for geting involved, so I hope my blog will help students realize that even busy college students can benefit from volunteering and giving back.
P.S. After you read my blog, please post comments about your own experiences at the environmental organizations I discuss or other organizations! I’d really love your feedback!!!