At Marymount University, we like to say that “D.C. is our classroom.”
That’s because our campus is only a few short miles from Washington, D.C. We use our close proximity to the nation’s capital to augment our students’ education and opportunities for success.
Here are a few reasons why it’s strategic to attend a college near D.C.
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1. Rich history at your fingertips
While there are myriad opportunities to pursue a future for yourself in D.C., it’s also a great place to remember and appreciate the past.
You can visit the very place where Dr. Martin Luther King’s I Have a Dream speech was given, or where 20 million people congregated for the first-ever Earth Day! The ability to explore the monuments (be sure to check them out at night!), museums, the Library of Congress and the White House — just to name a few — is at your fingertips.
2. Networks to build
If you don’t know it now, you will know it soon — networking is key to success. Introducing yourself to and befriending professionals in your field will be extremely helpful down the road when you’re searching for summer internships or your first job after graduation.
There are few places more equipped to support your networking endeavors than Washington, D.C. Whether you want to meet business pioneers, learn from nonprofit leaders or study with microbiologists, you can find some of the most intelligent and noteworthy leaders in this city.
3. Diversity of all kinds
At Marymount, we treasure all kinds of diversity.
With so many different cultures, backgrounds and belief systems concentrated in the Washington, D.C. area, you will be introduced to a varying diversity of thought and experience, while you also grow your knowledge of the world. Not to mention, there are countless ethnic restaurants for you to try!
4. Career opportunities galore
If nothing else, everyone can agree that Washington, D.C., is a career-oriented city.
For you, this means that there are internships, jobs and volunteer opportunities in almost any field you can think of. D.C. is also home to the federal government — so whether you’re interested in interning on Capitol Hill, working for the Environmental Protection Agency or pursuing a career in Cybersecurity, you’re in the right place.
5. Some of the very best internships
Yeah, yeah, yeah, we get it. You’ve probably heard it a million times — internships are important. But really, internships are actually really important for a variety of reasons — networking, resume building, hands-on work experience — just to name a few.
Luckily for college students in the national capital area, D.C. is home to some of the very best internship opportunities in the country!
6. Adjunct professors from your field
We’ve already mentioned networking and its importance, but the networking may even come to you! Many universities in the Washington, D.C., area have field experts teach one or two classes a semester. These professionals are often actively working in the field of study that they are teaching in, and can be a valuable resource when it comes to meeting people in your line of study.
These professors often have a great grasp on the current applications of their class, and can help steer you in the direction that will be most beneficial for your future in your field.
7. Vibrant social scene
Beyond the practical applications of living near Washington, D.C., it’s also a great place to hang out with friends and find free things to do.
Throughout the year, there are a number of events that take place right in the city — from movies on the Washington Mall, to yoga and concerts. There are also great places to eat and venues to explore.
8. Don’t knock D.C’s accessibility
There are great transportation options in and around the city.
The Metro and bus systems can get you nearly anywhere and extend beyond the city limits, and many nearby colleges, apartment buildings and hotels offer shuttle buses to the nearest stop.
Additionally, many counties surrounding D.C. have their own bus systems, which will make traveling to and from your campus manageable, reliable and affordable.
Marymount University is here to support you as you figure out what field of study is right for you.
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