By Naomi Davy '18
Sure you’ve got your New York, LA, and Chicago prep schools with their high rises and beaches, but let’s be real. There’s no place like home, especially when you get to call D.C. home. Here are 7 reasons why Washington, D.C. is the best place for our Close:
1) The Diversity: By nature, D.C. attracts people from around the world who come here to represent different groups and cultures and ideologies. With over five universities right here in the city, there’s a healthy mix of young and older generation D.C. residents making the city that much more exciting. This international diversity and the diversity amongst the local population makes it truly the most powerful city in the world and thus the best possible place for our school.
2) The Restaurants: Any D.C. native will tell you that the restaurant scene is beyond compare. Every week I see at least one new restaurant on Connecticut, Wisconsin, or Downtown. There’s a reason the natives brunch like their lives depend on it. Seniors, if you haven’t already, take a free to go out and get some Buredo, Silver, or some of that og Open City French Toast. Underclassmen, too, if you dare.
3) The Politics: In a city where traffic could mean either a broken-down car or the Vice President’s motorcade, you don’t get to feign ignorance in this town. We live and breathe politics here on the Close and we are better off for it. Depending on who you are, it can often be discomforting to know that the President lives less than 20 minutes away. At the same time, we can expect classrooms filled with meaningful debate and lectures hosted by some of the country’s most influential people.
4) The Potomac: You know that feeling flying into Reagan National and it looks like you’re about to land on water, or when you come from VA over the Potomac and feel a little pride seeing the Cathedral to your left. From the new wharf to the Georgetown waterfront, the Potomac is a beautiful get-away from what can often be a hectic city. When you see it, you know you’re home.
5) The Weather: Right smack in the middle of the East Coast, you really can’t find a better blend of the four seasons. Sure, it’s unpredictable, but that’s half the fun. Coming back to school in the humidity until one day you have to go looking for your bean boots to prepare for the leaf piles of Rock Creek Park and the Olmsted Woods. After beautiful, albeit endless, winter, the river’s ice cracks to announce the perfect pink cherry blossoms that will soon line its banks. You know Flower Mart’s coming when you start to see students “doing homework” on the Cathedral lawns. All in all, if you hate one type of weather, give it a week and this city will shake it up for you.
6) The Cupcakes: I’m not gonna lie, I’m still mourning the loss of Something Sweet on Macomb Street, but any D.C. native will tell you that we are spoiled rotten by the quality of our cupcakes. Expect to hear us debating Team B&W versus Team Georgetown Cupcakes. And if you haven’t tried them, get down there immediately. While they are on the pricey side, I promise you you won’t regret it. They make for a great homeroom snack, too, by the way.
7) The Independence: Let’s be real, Cathedral kids make for the best j-walkers. Of course, there are some sketchy places in this concrete jungle, but we know we can handle it. D.C. forces us to learn the public transit system because sometimes traffic just isn’t worth it. It doesn’t matter if you live in Vienna, New Carrollton, or Narnia. If you go to school here, you are officially a city kid, and when you get older you’ll be happy you were.