Hold your Horses!

Hold your Horses!

Well, Thanksgiving is over. I flew back home to Boston for 5 days, and it made me realize how much I actually want to move down here. I’m putting a lot of focus on trying to find another internship in Washington for next summer. I’m doing constant research looking for opportunities across the board. I like the idea of interning on Capitol Hill, or for a foundation or think tank. My week (post-Thanksgiving) was packed, and I really didn't get home until around 10 every night. Here's a rundown!

 

I landed at Reagan International Airport on Sunday around 1, and headed back to my apartment. Monday came around, and it felt like nothing had changed. I went right back to work and still had class on Monday night. This week has actually been pretty hectic for me.

 

Tuesday I stayed a little late at work to catch up on some projects that I’m in between, Wednesday I had a meeting from 8-5, a rescheduled class from 6-9, and then a hall meeting from 9-10. By the end of the day I was doing laps around my room, it was way too much sitting.

 

Thursday was eventful. I woke up and headed right to Capitol Hill to take notes on a House of Representatives hearing on Tax Fraud and Identity Theft with the Internal Revenue Service. That lasted about three hours. After the hearing was over I met a friend for lunch who currently works on the Hill.  By the time I actually got back to my desk it was about 1:30, and that’s when my work here actually started. I have a lot of projects to close up because my time in Washington for this semester is almost over.  After work I met up with some of my friends at a restaurant where we grabbed some tacos. I have no complaints about the food in Washington; I have yet to have a truly ‘bad’ meal.

 

This past weekend, I decided to make the most of my time in Washington by attending the Youth Leadership School at the Leadership Institute. This organization was founded Morton Blackwell, an icon of conservative thought, in 1979. I actually got to meet Mr. Blackwell in the elevator, what a trip that was! Since the founding, they have been training conservative students, leaders, and activists on how to succeed in various fields. It was a great opportunity, and it was long, but I’m so glad I went. The Leadership Institute has an internship program for this coming summer that I plan to apply to. Mostly every speaker at the event had worked for Ronald Reagan at some point. They had such incredible stories and it was a dream to be able to hear them. I got to stand at the podium and present a project that we're working on. Important individuals like Grover Norquist, Sen. Mitch McConnell and Karl Rove have stood at that podium. I'm glad I did it.

 

 

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