Merely going to D.C. for a week isn’t really worth the amount of money you pay to go to Close Up. What you’re really paying for is the experience of going to D.C. with not only your classmates but with people from different states with different perspectives. The program almost immediately throws you into the deep end when it comes to socializing: A person and their chosen roommate get assigned to a room with two other students from a different school.
The majority of kids from Logan were paired with people from Louisiana, and as the week officially started and the conversations on government policies began, you could see that people from the same place often shared the same opinion.
"On the last day, I saw multiple people crying about leaving.”
Even with only a distance of a couple hundred miles, the opinions of those from upper Louisiana versus New Orleans couldn't be more different. Displaying the difference between urban and rural, east coast and west coast, and between states, the trip really solidifies a person’s understanding of geographical trends. For many students, when they finish a history class for the year, all the knowledge flies out the window, but this trip really helps you associate early American history with some of your fondest memories, making the trip the most educational vacation you can go on.
“It was really interesting to see how people's backgrounds affect their opinions on different issues,” said Sami Aguilar.
Honestly, I could go on and on about this trip, but the pleasant and intelligent Victoria Stafford has been kind enough to bless this article with her words that bring tears of joy to my eyes.
She explained, “Lily and Jessica, our roommates, were absolutely darling. They're from San Antonio, Texas, and they go to an all-girls private school, which is completely different from our huge public school in Cache Valley. We spent late nights just talking about everyday life in Cache Valley and San Antonio.”
Stafford continued, “Every day, we were put in groups with people from other states and other schools within Utah. It really gives you a new perspective, being able to interact with people who have their own unique experiences and opinions, and the friendships you make while you're at Close Up are significant and meaningful. Honestly, you become so close to these people; on the last day, I saw multiple people crying about leaving.”