My weekend began with a preseason hockey game at the Verizon Center, with the Washington Capitals playing against the Chicago Blackhawks. As I mentioned during my presentation a couple weeks ago, I am a Blackhawks fan, so I was not rooting for the home team. It was an exciting game that went to overtime and then a shootout, with the Blackhawks coming out with the win. The Verizon Center is located right near the Chinatown/Gallery Place stop of the red line, a place that I had not been to before. As we walked from the train station to the arena, I noticed that all of the shops along the way had store signs not only in English but also in Chinese. The Verizon Center's sign even had large, illuminated Chinese characters to accompany the English lettering. I hope to go back there again sometime to see what else the area has to offer.
While I have had no shortage of fun during my time so far in DC, I have started to think that maybe it is time to focus more on my professional life and my future. With graduation looming this spring, I know that I should be making the most of my time in DC and doing everything I can to network, even if it means getting out of my comfort zone. It is hard to believe that move in day at the Paramount was almost a month ago, which proves even further that time moves fast and there is no sense in procrastinating. With that said, in the coming weeks I hope to be more proactive in seeking out activities not solely for my amusement, but for my personal and professional development.