Best of Both Worlds

Best of Both Worlds

I have come to realize that the things I write about in my blog happened one or two weeks ago. This was the case in my last one and will be the case in this one as well. After this blog, I will hopefully have talked to you about a majority of the things I have done and the blog after this one will hopefully be on track date wise. This may be completely irrelevant information, but I wanted to give a basic timeline of how I do these blogs.

This week's programming was a Career Boot Camp. The keynote speaker was Dave Uejio. He is head of talent acquisition for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB). I really enjoyed his presentation. It gave me some good advice that I am sure I will use in the future and the fact that "Link" was the theme of his presentation didn't hurt either. After hearing Dave speak, we had to choose between a variety of sessions to go to. I chose the Secret Service Informational Session and the Intern Games session. The Secret Service was pretty interesting and informative. The Intern Games was also really cool. Being a fan of The Hunger Games, I naturally enjoyed this. We got in to groups and had to decide what characteristics we would want a tribute to have if he or she was about to go into The Hunger Games. Then we intertwined that with what characteristics you would want or need when applying for a job.


Occasionally, my Academic Program Advisor (APA) forwards links of things we might find interesting to do or see. One thing she sent involved hearing a national conversation of cybersecurity at the Woodrow Wilson Center. Cybersecurity has always intrigued me, so I figured why not go listen in on this conversation. There was a keynote speaker and then a panel discussion that followed. Janet Napolitano, who is the Secretary of Homeland Security, was the keynote speaker. It was interesting to hear her talk about today's threats in cybersecurity and how we as a country plan to deal with them. Another thing my APA emailed us about is the opportunity to meet the guy in charge of the Space and Science Division of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for the White House. This was really cool. This guy works for and sees the most powerful people in the country on a regular basis. It was really cool to find out how things get done in that division and hear some things that you would only hear from a person that has worked there for an extended period of time.



That was all the cool professional things that happened to me recently, so now let's talk about the fun things. I went to my first Washington Nationals' game and it was awesome to say the least. Our seats were directly behind the home team's bullpen, so we got to see them warm up right in front of us. One of the Nationals' players hit a homerun that ended up about 3 or 4 sections over from us and that was a fun experience. Reading this you may think that this was my first baseball game, but it wasn't. I have been to many baseball games but I have not seen a homerun live in a long time.



Now that I have given you all that lovely information I can tell you why the title is what it is. Unless you work for a Senator or Representative of your home state, you are likely to interact with the same type of people every day. Where you are interning will determine what type of people you will deal with. For example, working in Washington, D.C., you are more than likely to encounter a large number of people from the Northeast area of the United States. Obviously not everyone will be from the Northeast, but you get the point. Working for a Senator from my home state gives me the best of both worlds. I get to work with people from my home state while getting to meet people all across the United States through TWC. My coworkers are awesome, if I do say so myself. I honestly believe that I could not have asked for a better place to work this summer. I won't bore you with tedious details of why this place is awesome, just know that it is. On second thought, I will give you one interesting and fun detail of why my internship site and coworkers are awesome. We have a Senate softball team called the Mississippi Mudcats. I have only been able to attend one game due to TWC related events happening at the same time, but from what I have seen, we are a pretty good team.

Continuing on the topic of Mississippi, Mississippi on the Mall was also this past weekend. This is where all the universities in Mississippi gather to have a good time and eat some Mississippi food (catfish) and meet people that live in the area, but are from Mississippi. I really enjoyed going to this event. I got to meet some people and got a chance to speak to the President of my home university.


Now you are probably wondering if I am going to post about bears this week and the answer is yes.



Hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I did writing it.

P.S. To all my fellow interns at work who say I never mention them in my blog just insert your name into the next sentence. Max Anderson just mentioned (insert your name here) on a public blog for all to see.

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