Until Next Time

Until Next Time

My role in society, or any artist's or poet's role, is to try and express what we all feel. Not to tell people how to feel. Not as a preacher, not as a leader, but as a reflection of us all.

- John Lennon



Above is a reflection video of my time in TWC and how the students, staff and the District forever changed my view on my life and my aspirations.


My time in the District of Columbia has come to a close, but if I could put D.C. into one sentence it would be: Learn by using your resources, plan out how to get there and take a snapchat.


TWC Student Spotlight: Pedro Jaime Gutierrez Jr. III


As you may know from my past blogs, I do a student spotlight each week. This week, I have chosen a student that is a blogger, future policy maker, professional and musician - me!


In this moment, I am on a Metro typing away as I take a journey back from Spa World (they offered a great deal on Groupon). I was actually very surprised of the quality of the place - I really enjoyed it and my body feels amazing!


The only bad part is that I am now on my way to the Ronald Regan Washington National Airport with limited time to spare. I am extremely nervous that I am going to miss this flight, so let’s just say you are getting one of the most intense blog posts I have EVER written. Also, my charger broke last night, so I am on 50% since this morning and now I am charging it via my laptop (which is also dying).


Today, I am returning back home to good old’ Iowa. I can say without a single doubt in my mind that I am going to miss this feeling. The feeling of going to the next Metro stop or the rush of making a choice to go somewhere on a whim, and to have great food, no matter where I go.


I will miss the community of people I got to meet each and every day. I feel like whenever I come back to D.C., I will always just think of the people I met here. My internship site was, of course, impactful on my life. I would be lying if I said it wasn’t. I became a full-time employee of the state and that also meant becoming a full-time professional, which was the hardest shock of all.


You never realize how much time you spend in a day doing the same thing until you REALLY work full-time. Working in one place, at the same time, 8:45 a.m. -5:30 p.m., 4 days a week was nothing close to a cake walk. My body and my mind were limited in what I could really do during the day. So, one tip when doing this program is to have fun, but to also sleep when you can.


Advice: When selecting or applying to internships, put yourself out there in any way you can. Do not be afraid to contact them and show initiative and drive. Employers are looking for an excuse to hire you, so give them a lot to work with!



Keep on dreaming!

Read Pedro's previous blog posts here

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