Why DC? Is DC a good place for university students? Is there any benefit to Gallaudet being located in the U.S. capital? My answer: yes! Here are some great educational resources available for DC students (including YOU!):
There are more than 15 colleges and universities in the DC area, including Gallaudet University. Most of these schools are a part of a larger consortium program called the “Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area.” (See http://www.consortium.org/main.asp ). There are several benefits to partaking in a consortium program such as the one in DC. For one, if the college or university you attend does not offer certain classes that you need for your major (especially in cases where you are specializing in a certain field or are self-directing), then you can enroll in the courses you need at one of these other 15 schools to get the education you need. Second, if you want to supplement, diversify, or enhance your educational experience, you can take advantage of this opportunity by taking courses at other institutions such as American University (AU), George Washington University (GWU), Georgetown University(GT), and many others.
This same program benefits students in another way as well. The DC consortium provides allstudents access to the libraries at all 15 universities involved. This means that if you have a research paper due on an in-depth subject and there are not enough books, media, or articles available at your school’s library on the subject, then you can simply order your materials online through your university’s library and receive your books or media from another library at your library within 1-3 days without ever leaving your campus. Through this program, you would have access to Gallaudet’s in-depth supply of ASL/Deaf Culture books, Georgetown’s abundant resources relating to law, and GWU’s reserve of media on politics and history just to name a few.
Washington is a city of a little more than 590,000 people within about 68 square miles (District of Columbia proper) and is part of a larger metropolitan area consisting of about 5.3 million people.
It is also home to more than 10 memorials (including the Washington Monument, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Jefferson Memorial), over 50 museums (including the Holocaust Museum, the American History Museum, and the Air and Space Museum), and 6 major National Parks ( including the National Mall, the U.S. National Arboretum, and Theodor Roosevelt Island). There are also famous and important government buildings such as the White House, Capitol, and U.S. Naval Observatory (home of the Vice President and location of the Nation’s atomic clock). There are more than 15 major colleges and universities in DC. The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is also located in DC and offers free programs every night 365 days a year.
All of these resources provide a great background for higher education. Students studying medicine or biology can go to one of 16 medical facilities or the Natural History or American History Museums for research. Historians have a plethora of places to learn more about American history. Students of language or linguistics can visit Gallaudet or Georgetown University or the Library of Congress for educational resources. Government students can schedule a tour of the White House or Capitol and the list goes on.
Even better, almost all of these resources are free to the public.
So, yes, DC forms a wonderful backdrop for learning and education–that is, if you take advantage of what DC has to offer. I see so many students come to Gallaudet and not get out and explore the city. I hope, if you come, you will see the sights and make the most of your stay in the Nation’s capital.
*Some of this information (mainly the demographic numbers) was retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Washington,_D.C . *