Accurate DC Stereotypes

8 Stereotypes About D.C. That, As A Tourist, Are 100% Right

Oh, it makes sense now.


After one weekend in DC, I've now gotten to see some of the common stereotypes of the city tested. Let's just say that they are stereotypes for a reason.

1. The metro is actually clean

I don't really have anything to compare it to, but considering how much foot traffic that comes and goes on the metro, it is surprisingly clean. Food and drink aren't technically allowed, which may aid the cleanliness of it, but overall the worst part of it definitely has to be the nasty smell of the newer trains.

2. The drivers are bad

Coming from a small town, the traffic itself was enough to take me aback. However, on what I was later told was a pretty calm day, the sheer amounts of defensive driving and severe honking that I witnessed assured me that D.C.'s traffic is definitely my person idea of hell.

3. Food trucks for the win

The sheer number of food trucks, especially by The National Mall, is enough to cover the street side. The variety and popularity of them helped me realize the future of food and what exactly makes them so popular.

4. Different areas of the city can give you very different impressions of the city

From The National Mall to China Town to Georgetown, the vibes are very different. It's almost as if the areas were different cities completely, not all within walking (or a short metro) distance away.

5. You'd need a week to actually explore the city in depth

With 19 Smithsonian museums, thousands of unique restaurants, shops, and stops, there is literally an endless amount of things to do in the city. After spending two days there, the main thing I walked away with was the need to come back and see more.

6. Parking is atrocious

Also with the bad driving comes horrible parking situations. Street parking is a nightmare, and the expensive, tightly packed parking garages aren't much better.

7. The turnover is alarmingly fast

New stores are popping up all over the place and the number of "closing" signs I saw were almost as many. It's hard to make it in D.C. and it seems that by the time I make it back there it might as well be a whole new city.

8. Whoever came up with the road and metro patterns are geniuses

So I don't really think this is a stereotype, but after traveling by car and metro in and around D.C., I have a new appreciation for the intricacy with which the roads and lines were made. There is so much traffic that a well designed traffic flow is essential to the working of the city, and these engineers did it well.

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10 Pro Tips That The Younger Generation Should Take Into Consideration

This is coming from experience!


We can all make mistakes that we have made in our lifetime, right? Whether it was failing class or deciding to choose the wrong brand of clothing. Some mistakes were minor and some, well, not so much. At least we can sit back and learn from all the mistakes we have made in the past. However, don't you wish you had knew back then what you know now? So why not help out the ones there now? What would you tell your younger self? Here are 10 tips for the younger generation and trust me this is all from experience.

Actually do your homework- don’t give up especially for those ninth graders cause that’s how keep your gpa high enough so that if you screw up junior year, it won’t be that bad.

Try new things, but don’t be afraid to admit they aren’t for you, even if everyone else loves them. Keep looking, because you’ll find things you can do that people will respect you for more than if you just kept trying to do the popular thing everyone else is doing. Be unique!

On days when you have early nights where you can go to sleep, then go to sleep cause trust me, sooner or later you are going to realize that as you get older you start to stay up more due to stress or workload.

Even if something isn’t going right, don’t assume it is the end of the world- it truly isn’t. I promise.

If you are free during the summer, instead of just chilling at home and watching nonstop tv, might as well get a job. This way you’ll be active and it will make yourself feel really good about yourself when you don’t have to ask mom or dad for money.

If you get a job, this will make you teach yourself how to budget. You will be better prepared for the future compared to everyone else.

Bullies are only rude because they are just jealous- sp keep shining on.

Don’t wish to be out of school- you will soon regret it because then you will have to makeup a bunch of quizzes and tests.

Choose the right path for you- hang out with true friends who actually care about you.

Just make sure to be just yourself, do not do anything just to impress someone. Follow your heart!

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