Busy Busy Bee

Busy Busy Bee

Wow, this week has been busy. Between my class and portfolio assignments, work, civic engagement project, and thinking of informative and interesting things to talk to y'all about, it's a real test of my time management.

I'm taking the Entrepreneurship: Ideas to Action class and so far I have really enjoyed it. This class basically goes through all the steps needed in order to start your own business. The first step was to complete a life plan. This required us to fill out important information you would need to start a business, such as, money available, what you love doing, what makes you mad, and what your ideal work environment would be, etc. I actually enjoyed the assignment and I think you could use this tool even outside of the business world to measure the quality of your life and learn more about yourself.

We also had our first assignment for the portfolio due this past week. Each person had to complete an individual development plan (IDP) and it was interesting to say the least. We had to give a summary of a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities & Threats) analysis that we had completed earlier this summer and then we had to come up with goals based off The Washington Center's three pillars: Academic and Professional Achievement, Leadership, and Civic Engagement. The summary wasn't that hard once I realized what exactly to do and the goals weren't bad either. I'm not saying this assignment was a piece of cake, but it wasn't the worst thing either.

Through my job at the Senate building I have the opportunity to go to an intern lecture series which allows me to hear a lot of cool and interesting speakers. The two speakers that I have enjoyed the most were Representative Greg Harper (R-MS) and General Michael Hayden. Harper is from my home state of Mississippi, so naturally I enjoyed hearing him speak. Hayden is the former director of the CIA. I really enjoyed his speech and one thing he said in particular has resonated with me. He said that the people working at the CIA are just regular people. I think this fact gets lost in all the modern day spy movies and in the espionage industry, in general. Now don't get me wrong, I love spy movies and I am a big James Bond fan, but hearing someone say that made it sink in more than anything else. I think that statement means something different to everyone. It may mean nothing; just depends on who you are.

I am in the Animal Welfare civic engagement group and so far it has been interesting. In our first meeting, we had a speaker from the Human Society of the United States and then we wrote to our Senators and Representatives about an issue the speaker talked about.

On Friday, my coworkers and I went to Union Station for lunch and a musical group happened to be playing while we were there.

Now that I have given you all this interesting and informative information, it is time for something funny. As much as I have talked about bears in my last two posts, I feel obligated to post about them again. Here is a video that I found amusing and funny and hope you will, too!

Thanks for reading this and see you soon!

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