Management information systems senior
February has been such an exciting month so far! From starting my internship, to walking through the halls of the White House, I honestly cannot believe that I have the opportunity to represent Bauer here in D.C. After my first week at work, I took a moment to think about how I got to this point. My job is the real world application of so many principles that I had learned in my MIS courses over the years. Being able to incorporate what I learned at Bauer into my internship is truly amazing. Working for a law enforcement agency has always been something I dreamt of and now I proudly feel like I am contributing to making the world a safer place.
During the President’s Day weekend, my fellow Coogs and I took a road trip to New York City. It was my first time in the Big Apple and I finally had my first snowball fight in Central Park! Shortly after coming back from the holiday, I got to enjoy dinner with the visiting Bauer delegation, including Dean Ramchand! Thanks to the generosity of Bauer Alumnus Holly Ham, the Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, I had the honor of attending a reception at the White House. A week after that, I got to tour the White House!
To everyone back home, I hope I represent Bauer to the best of my ability. I can’t wait to see what March brings!
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My second month in D.C. has been nothing short of incredible. I have been able to explore the city and even play in the snow! Interning for my Congressman, Pete Olson has been quite the experience. I speak to constituents, otherwise known as my neighbors, write letters, and even speak with the Congressman most weeks! As I walk through the city, I am constantly in the presence of those who implement change in this country. I see, and am able to have conversations with, many representatives from all over the nation, including our Texas Senator Ted Cruz. I have been able to attend many briefings regarding the various bills, and the office encourages me to explore issues that I express strong interests in. One issue that I truly care about is putting an end to human trafficking, especially because it is the most prevalent in Houston. I attended briefings on how the government proposes to decrease the existence of this in our country. Another passion of mine is education, so I was also given the opportunity to attend meetings regarding how to create more educational opportunities for our communities. Aside from attending briefings, my favorite part of D.C is meeting people that I never thought I would be able to. As I walked around a reception hall networking with various employees on The Hill, I saw a woman dressed in bright colors walk in. Sure enough, it was the first female Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi! I had a full conversation with her, and made sure she knew I was a Coog! Interning on Capitol Hill is so different than any other internship, and the amount of information that I have been able to soak up within the past 2 months is amazing.
Kuruvila submitted these photos:
Accounting and finance junior
In many ways, Washington, D.C. is a gateway. First, it’s a gateway into the world of politics, a world in which I engage and work daily. Walking under the Capitol rotunda, in the House chambers, and through the hallowed halls of Congress takes my breath away. I am so thankful to have this incredible opportunity.
Second, D.C. is a gateway to the East Coast. On several weekends, I’ve hopped on an overnight bus bound for New York City. The twisted, concrete jungle of NYC is a spectacle. The energy is palpable; we arrived in the city at 4am, yet the city was still alive. While in the city, I met up with old friends and watched three spectacular Broadway musicals. Plans are underway for more weekend trips to Philadelphia, Boston, Baltimore, and beyond.
Finally, D.C. is a bridge to my home. When I accepted an internship in a Hawai’i Congressional office, I was excited to be able to work for my own Representative. However, I did not expect the office to make me miss my hometown. I find myself more engaged with the issues that face my community now than when I was back in Hawai’i. Meeting constituents who went to the same high school or grew up down the street reminds me of everything I miss from home. Fortunately, a piece of aloha is here, in D.C.
Already, this experience has been life-changing. I cannot wait to see what the next few months have in store.
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It has now almost been two months since we moved to Washington, D.C., and I still continue to be blown away! Each and every person you meet in this city is a person who has a story, and there is so much to learn from the different experiences they have had.
This month I got to explore museums as well as lots of cool food places. I was able to go to the Holocaust Museum, African American Museum, Newseum, National Portrait Gallery, and many others. One thing I love about D.C. is that it is such an educational city in the sense that most museums are actually free!
Last week, we had a reception with the Bauer Alumni in D.C. as well as Dean Ramchand, Colleen Davies, Associate Dean Kelley, Anne Ness, and Bob King. It was so wonderful to be able to share our experiences so far with them. I loved getting to connect with the Bauer Alumni in this city and hear all about their experiences and how far they have come since graduating. Every time I meet someone in this city, I try to make it a known fact that I am a Bauer student and love sharing amazing things about my university here.
I can’t wait to see what the next two months will bring in this wonderful city!
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