Morgan’s diary: Exploring Houston as a Teach For America intern

Morgan’s diary: Exploring Houston as a Teach For America intern

Contributor Morgan Howard is interning with Teach For America this summer. She writes about exploring Houston with her fellow interns.

Above, Morgan Howard explores midtown Houston. Photo courtesy of Morgan Howard.

Morgan Howard, a rising senior at UNC, will be interning with Teach For America in Houston this summer. She’ll be keeping a diary about her experiences. You can read her first post here and her second post here.

I’m ending my fourth week of my internship and I only have a little over two weeks left! It is wild how fast the time is flying by. But now that I have been able to get into my routine at work, I can enjoy my weekends off in Houston!

I’m staying at the University of Houston, which is only 10 to 15 minutes from the midtown/downtown area. One weekend, a group of us went downtown and rented bikes to ride around the city. Houston is constantly humid, and it rains multiple times a week, so you have to take advantage of the nice weather when you can!

Like any 21-year-old, I’ve decided finding the best drink specials in a new city is an important task. This weekend I found a place called Cyclone Anaya’s, which has great brunch specials. You pay $11 for your first mimosa and then every additional mimosa is a penny! It’s a Mexican restaurant, so I was able to get my new favorite food: breakfast tacos. I’ve always been wary to try them, but they are soooooo good. I’ll need to find a good breakfast taco place when I get back to Chapel Hill.

Another cool thing about Houston is all the museums and statues everywhere. Even on the university’s campus, there are lots of statues and memorials, so history and culture is super important here. As we were walking around midtown, I noticed there is a lot of live music in Houston on the weekends. Essentially, there is never a shortage of things to do in Houston, and usually it is relatively inexpensive as well!

Aside from the birds and squirrels, which are so domesticated they deserve their own blog post, I am really enjoying the city! Houston definitely has a strong large city vibe but without the overwhelming amount of people of like other large cities. Since I was born in Texas, I have a pretty strong connection to the state and often come back to visit Dallas and Austin, but I’m excited to add Houston to that list!

Morgan Howard

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