After arriving back at Lehigh after a very long day in the Big Apple I packed up all of my things and got ready for our second and final day in New York before heading to our Nation’s capital…Washington D.C.
Our first stop of the day was to have a meeting with people from the Institute of International Education (IIE). The purpose of the meeting was to speak with them about the program also to get more information about the other opportunities out there to work/study/live in Indonesia and vice versa in the future. I was really pumped about this meeting because after spending two weeks in Indonesia I knew 100% that I was to go back in the future. I sure will have my work cut out for me applying to all these different programs for my life post-graduation. I love the ETA Fulbright program, it literally sounds like everything I could ever want to do after I finish college. Everything I read about the program just makes it sound better and better and makes me want it more and more. Booo I wish that I could magically flash forward my life and be teaching English somewhere in Indonesia. Perhaps in addition to finishing the last of my concentration requirements I should start building a time machine.
Anyway, I digress…. so after IIE we went to the United Nations for a tour. It was pretty cool to see the UN and to gain a better understanding of what all the UN does. I just loved the idea of all these different people from counties all over the world working together under this one big building… I’m all for unity.
Once we finished our tour we went to the Museum of Tolerance. The exhibits at the museum were very difficult to watch at times because they dealt with some very serious and very real issues. We did this little interactive activity about tolerance and freedom of speech that was kind of useful but also mildly goofy as we were presented with a video showing all of these poorly acted scenarios. But I could see why it was an important activity nonetheless. After the museum we went to the Indonesian Embassy to meet with a ambassador’s representative. The meeting was short but informative and we didn’t really have time for questions because we had to catch our train to D.C in two hours.