Today’s recipients are third year medical students at George Washington University Medical School. It seems that I have had a lot of recipients in the medical field over the last couple weeks.
I was walking by SoHo Café on the corner of P and 22nd Street, which by the way if you live in DC you should definitely check this place out. They are really nice there and always take good care of you. Anyway, I saw a guy in front of the café holding a bottle of booze and thought that this guy is starting his weekend off with a bang! He turned out to be a rather bizarre individual. He was really paranoid or on some mind altering substance and became very nervous. Soon another individual approached him and he refused my Alexander Hamilton and walked away.
I slowly turned in a circle, scanning the scene until I saw Kat and Ben sitting at an outside table at SoHo. They had laptops out and seemed to be working on a project (they were actually filling out rotation schedules) or something. I walked up to them and introduced myself and the Year of Giving.
The med students were a bit curious about my project. Ben asked a couple investigative questions about the project. I asked them if they would accept the $10 and they looked at each other and shrugged and said “Sure.”
I asked them what they thought they might specialize in. They were still pretty open-minded about this and didn’t really have any decision made yet. “Not geriatrics or psychology” Ben said. Kat agreed.
I asked them what they liked to do when they were not studying. “We live pretty boring lives,” Ben lamented. I felt bad about invading their time when he said “This is about the only time we have free.” But that didn’t stop me! No sir! Not me. Seriously, I tried not to keep them too long, but I did want to learn a little more about them. I found out that Kate loves to play soccer and has been playing since she was 4! She really enjoyed watching the World Cup this year. Ben shared that he did his undergraduate studies at Knox College, a small liberal arts school in Illinois. There he had a radio show for four years and later became the general manager. He also studied abroad in Copenhagen.
I thought that was pretty impressive and then Kat added that she studied abroad in Spain (Salamanca) and spent some time in Switzerland and New Zealand where she jumped out of a perfectly good airplane! Pretty impressive.
So what would two young people who seem to have it all do with this new found $10? Ben seemed to take the lead in their decision making process and explained to me the likely fate of the ten spot. “Honestly, I think $5 will go toward beer, $3 and change toward an empanada at Julia’s Empanadas and the rest will end up as tip probably.”
As I always do, I asked to photograph them and get their email so that I can send them an invite to the year-end celebration. Usually younger people are very comfortable with both of these requests, however, they preferred to stay more anonymous. They did allow me to take this one picture from far away…that’s them sitting at the table on the left.
Well, I felt like I might have worn out my welcome a little and said goodbye. I do hope that they check out the blog and decide to come to the celebration in December. Time to head home before it rains.