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Communication Students Learn Life Lessons in D.C.

Story by Tabatha Piper '15

Most middle school students take an eighth-grade trip to Washington, D.C., to learn about American history in our nation’s capital. But three Otterbein communication students recently ventured to Washington again, this time on an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour to see first-hand the communication workings of our government from different perspectives. 

Over the course of five days, seniors Elyse Brigham '14 and Kristen Ramer '14, and junior Tabatha Piper '15, exchanged ideas with Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown, attended a White House news briefing conducted by President Obama’s Press Secretary Jay Carney, questioned CBS News White House correspondent Major Garrett, met with Army communication staff while touring the Pentagon, watched Meet the Press live and spoke with the only female major league baseball PR director while watching a Baltimore Orioles game from the press box at Camden Yards. 

These networking opportunities and new connections could help lead the students in the right direction of a career they would like to pursue. 

“Being able to see my profession first hand at such a high level gave me a full sense of motivation,” said Brigham. “It made me realize how much passion I truly have for the field.” 

Otterbein embraces the Five Cardinal Experiences and this trip specifically defines one of them: experiential learning. 

“I love being able to experience real-life scenarios because it better prepares me for what I should expect in the future,” said Ramer. “I am incredibly lucky to have had the opportunity to go on the trip and I feel that it has opened my eyes for what I want to do in the future.”