I must admit that the D.C. trip was everything and more that the teachers have been telling us about for the last year-and-three-quarters. I have to admit, however, that the most interesting thing to have learned (history aside) was that most of our teachers are just like us.
I'm not saying they're hormone-filled 12-13-14 year-olds, but I mean that they like to laugh together and playfully tease each other and everything that we do already. They like to have fun and play games together (have you ever seen four adults get really zoned in on a card game while riding a moving vehicle?), and they're actually pretty awesome.
True, us as students don't get to see that side of them because, again, they are our teachers, but it's nice to know that they're not all of what we only see in the classroom. While they were still doing what they had to do (keeping an eye on the herd of teenagers behind them), they were able to find their own ways to be interested while on a long car ride, the same way that we do.
Before the trip started, I thought that sitting behind the chaperones was a death sentence because I thought it would be boring and cripplingly awkward, but now, as I write this from the seat directly behind our chaperones, I can see just how wrong I was. In fact, I would almost think they were louder than we were!
So, to the seventh graders that are wondering whether or not they really do want to go on the trip or not, GO ON THE TRIP. Not only will you find another side of your teachers that's miles more interesting (from an overall objective standpoint), but you will also make memories that will last you forever. You will grow closer to the people in your group, and you will have a greater understanding of the nation's history.
And to the eighth graders that just went on the trip, it was definitely a trip to remember! I hope all of you had a blast!
And to the chaperones, thank you so much. Thank you for making the trip possible. Thank you for putting up with a bunch of annoying thirteen- and fourteen-year-olds; that can't be a simple task.
And thank you to everyone who made this trip one that will last a lifetime and longer.