Question #8: Where do I eat? What is there to do during free time?
At Gallaudet, there are several places you can eat on-campus. The Market Place is located in the SAC (Student Academic Center). They serve breakfast and lunch from 7am-3pm Monday through Friday. There, you can order and pay for foods separately or use/buy block meals. The Plaza Dining Hall serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner from 7am-8pm Monday through Thursday, 7am-7pm Friday, 9am-7pm Saturday, and 9am-8pm Sunday. Rathskellar is a dinner/late-night-snack place that is great place for socializing and studying. It is located in the SAC and is open Monday through Thursday from 3pm-12am, Friday from 3pm-2am, and Saturday from 6pm-2am. There is also the Kellogg Conference Center Bistro that is open 7am-3pm Monday through Friday.
If you are visiting Gallaudet or just want something other than cafeteria food, you have several options. There is a Wendy’s, Burger King, and a McDonald’s down Florida Ave.–just turn right when you exit Gallaudet and keep going for about 1/2 to 3/4 of a mile. You can also go to Union Station via the Gallaudet shuttle to visit Union Station’s food court, Au Bon Pain, Uno’s Pizzeria, or America to name a few. If you take the shuttle to Union Station, you can also check out the best pizza place in town–Armand’s Pizzeria–just by walking out the front, turning left down the first street and walking down a few blocks. It is on the left.
Chinatown, Georgetown, and Silver Spring are great places to find restaurants. Chinatown and Silver Spring are easily accessible by Metro. To get to Georgetown, you can take the Metro to Foggy Bottom/GWU and walk to Georgetown or you can take the Circulator bus from Union Station directly to Georgetown. You can also go to the food court in one of the malls in Pentagon City, Wheaton, or Ballston.
Besides dorm activities, there are a number of other extracurricular activities offered. There are usually 2-3 theatrical performances every semester put on by Gallaudet’s theatre program or by visiting performers such as Rathskellar and Bernard Bragg. Football games are a big event in the fall and other sports such as basketball, baseball, and soccer draw a crowd, too. Gallaudet has a nice gym and pool for those who like to get a little exercise. They are also renovating the outdoor track for running.
Every even year there is Rockfest (RF) at Gallaudet and every odd year there is Brickfest (BF) at RIT. This is a major event where students from both schools come together to see old friends, compete at different sports and games, and just have fun. There is also homecoming and a whole weekend of related activities. Every weekend during the semester, Gallaudet’s SBG (Student Body Government) puts on a double feature film in the on-campus movie theatre.
There are also several groups you can get involved with, ranging from cultural, legislative, cinematographic, religious, or other interest groups. These include clubs or organizations such as the: Asian-Pacific Association (APA), Student Body Government (SBG), Bison TV, Buff and Blue (student newsletter), Campus Crusade for Christ (CCC), and PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays).
Seeing the monuments on the National Mall is a must. It is about 5 miles of walking, but it is well worth it. Along the way, you can stop at any number of museums including the Natural History Museum, American History Museum, Holocaust Museum, Air and Space Museum, National Gallery of Art, Freer Gallery, Sackler Gallery, and the Botanic Gardens.
For entertainment, you can go to the Kennedy Center for music performances and plays or, if you like night life, you can check out U Street and Dupont Circle (the Gay District but also home to several bars and clubs). Other sightseeing that might be worthwhile would be to visit the Nation Arboretum, White House, Capitol, Library of Congress, Newseum, and the Spy Museum. If you can go out of town, the Great Falls, Annapolis, Baltimore, and Mount Vernon are all great spots to visit.
For shopping, check out the malls in Ballston, Wheaton, L’Enfant Plaza, or Pentagon City. You can also go to Target or Best Buy in Columbia Heights. If you like spending a little extra, head over to Georgetown for some great shops like Urban Outfitters and American Eagle. If you need some groceries, there is a Harris Teeter off Potomac Ave. and a Giant in Columbia Heights.
Check out this blog for more information on other things to do in DC: https://gallaudetblog.wordpress.com/2008/04/13/what-to-do/ and https://gallaudetblog.wordpress.com/2008/06/01/my-last-day/ for information about sightseeing, and https://gallaudetblog.wordpress.com/2008/04/27/a-day-with-the-cherry-blossoms/ for information on the Cherry Blossom Festival in the Spring.