The life of a travelling recruiter can be unpredictable and educational. Up north, I find myself trying not to say “y’all” too often, for fear of scaring away the students I meet! While in Gaithersburg and Largo, Maryland, I met up with recruiters from all over the country to share information about our respective schools at the NACAC fairs. I noticed that quite a lot of students were interested to hear that UNF has a lazy river outside one of its dorms. Seeing as it was rainy and FREEZING outside all week, those northern students were itching to find warm weather, throw on their swimsuits and soak in some sun!
The trip took an exciting turn in between the fairs, when a fellow Florida state recruiter and I took sometime to get to know our national’s capital. We found ourselves a nice parking spot beside the Washington Monument, grabbed a hot dog and pretzel from a nearby stand and started walking. We passed the White House, where we saw three helicopters mysteriously land on the front lawn of the White House – could it have been the Mr. Obama himself?! We then walked to the LincolnMemorial to see hoards of people waiting to take pictures near the super-sized giant. Abe was followed by a trip to the Korean War Veterans Memorial. This memorial was breathtaking, with its “rice paddies” made of granite and its troops dressed in full combat gear. The last stop on our mini-tour was at the National World War II Memorial where I took a quick pick with my favorite state! We left downtown DC with smiles on our faces, re-energized for the next leg of the fair. I try to make the most of each trip, and I’m certainly glad I met a fellow recruiter who was just as curious to explore the area as me!