If you were to tell me at the beginning of my freshman year in college that I would be interning in a congressional office after graduation, I would tell you that would absolutely never happen… BUT now you’re reading my ANRP blog post.
Fall 2016 was my first semester at Texas A&M, and the year I became registered to vote. In high school, I was oblivious to anything related to government, but starting college opened my eyes into the world of policy. I think it’s important the readers know that I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and plan to go to Dental School within the next couple of years. I thrived in STEM classes so I was not excited that I would have to take two political science classes in college. While taking these classes I was able to appreciate government and did a lot of personal growing up and realized that everyone is affected by government policies, and that you should care about what our political leaders are working on. After hearing about the ANRP Internship program I thought applying for it would be my next step in understanding the whole process of how things happen in Washington DC.
While being up here I was able to experience how a congressional office works, even in the midst of a pandemic. I also learned that congressional offices work continuously to improving their community and the lives of their constituents. It was also very memorable to be in our nation’s capital this past presidential election. Looking back at 2016, I regret not voting because that is the only thing we as citizens can do, especially as a woman it’s important that we practice this right that was given to us. I’m very hopeful for the future and can’t wait to continue falling in love with policy.
Office of Congressman Filemon Vela
Washington, D.C. | fall 2020