The Washington Center



Home Institution: University of Southern Indiana

Internship Site: The American Legion

Program: Veterans Employment Trajectory

We Are The VET Initative

Saturday, August 05, 2017

In life, as one chapter closes; another one begins.   When I arrived in Washington D.C. in May, I thought that I would be alone in this experience (coming to a new place by yourself can often be lonely expereince). However, I found that I had made lifetime friendships and professional connections with 26 like-minded veterans. In a 10-week period of time, 25 student veterans have grown tremendously through The VET Initiative & TWC and have kept each other motivated to pursue our future aspirations.  

A Day at The White House

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Last week I went to The White House for the first time! In a previous blog, I explained about my experiences with Boys State. There is a cumulating event called Boys and Girls Nation where the young leaders receive an education on the structure and function of federal government in Washington, D.C. This event occurs every year.  

The Emergence of a New Leader

Sunday, July 23, 2017

One of the main goals that I set for myself this year was to become a better leader for my university, community, and nation. How have I done this? There are four main events this year that have tremendously shaped my leadership skills sets: the Connect with Southern Indiana leadership program, attending the National Convention of the Student Veterans of America, serving in various leadership roles through Toastmasters International, and my experiences through TWC's the VET Initiative.   Connect with Southern Indiana  

Lessons Learned From Boys State

Sunday, July 16, 2017

This past week with my internship at The American Legion, I had the opportunity to participate in their 2nd Annual Boys State program (July 10-14, 2017). The American Legion is one of the oldest and largest veterans service organizations, established in 1919 and has various programs aimed at assisting veterans and their families in the areas of health, employment, education, and benefits & services. Now, you may ask yourself; “What is the Boys State program?”, to provide you with a simplified answer I will quote from The American Legion, the:  

Networking?!? What’s that?   Networking is a vital way to make a connection with people you meet in various social settings and during your internship. These connections can grow to become instrumental in both your personal amd professional relationships; assisting you find a new job, learning from professionals in your career field, finding a mentor, or a new friend. Here are 3 ways to leave that lasting impression as a Networking Ninja!  

Where did the time go? Between balancing school, work, and personal responsibilities, many people struggle from the 9-1-1 effect or as I call it: “Procrastination until the last minute” syndrome. As the below photo displays:     However, there is hope! Let me provide you with three tips to become a Time Management Guru! Have a Plan

Communication is an important skill that can be constantly developed over a lifetime and I have made it my lifelong commitment to improving my communication skills. Toastmasters has provided me with this opportunity. Toastmasters International is an organization that aims to help people enhance their communication and leadership skills. Here are three benefits to being a Toastmaster:   Structured Pathways to Success

With the passing of each Father’s Day, I am reminded of how important it is to have positive male role models in my life. For this entry, I am going to get a little personal by writing an open letter to my grandfather, father, and son.     Note to my grandfather   Dear Granddaddy,

There are many lessons that I learned from the United States Marine Corps.  One of the most important lessons that are applicable in Washington D.C. is to adapt and overcome in any situation.   Upon my arrival to D.C., there were a series of questions that ran through my mind like:  

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