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My dearest DC: I first visited you as a young, impressionable 8th grader on a class field trip. I was immediately hooked. From the perch of my boring town in NJ, you represented the future for me---and you have delivered. From a year as a Congressional page, to attending Georgetown University, to now working for the federal government, you are it. You are my home. Now and forever.

I’m a fourth generation native. The DC memory that comes this morning is Christmas Eve, driving home in the cold and dark through the magical silence, seeing no one else, feeling the city belongs only to me.

I have lived in many places in my life (ex: South of France, N.Y.C., L.I.). Nothing compares to D.C. I had the chance to live in D.C. during my senior year in college. It was so much fun to learn about each different area. One of my favorite areas was Dupont Circle. I just wanted to say that even though I live in upstate New York, Washington D.C. you will always have a special spot in my heart. Being able to go sit in the balcony of the Senate chamber during a hearing was one of the humblest and best experiences I have had and made me realize how important our Government is.