By Lucas Mueller
Ever since hearing that I had been selected as one of the 25 students to represent Drake University at the 2013 Presidential Inauguration, I have been as excited as can be. I’m hoping this 11 day trip to the nation’s capital is going to provide me with a large amount of memories and worthwhile experiences.
I’ll be the first to admit that I am by no means an expert when it comes to politics. As an actuarial science and finance major, I am not one to read up on the current events going on in the political world during my free time. However, during my time in Washington DC, I will make it my personal goal to further educate myself as much as possible through the experiences I will have with my classmates, various seminars, and politicians that I might cross paths with.
I have been fortunate enough to travel to Washington DC twice before. Both of the previous trip have been for a more tourist experience where I visited the many monument the city has to offer. This time, I am expecting to learn more about the professional world in the nation’s capital. As I have previously mentioned, I am an actuarial science and finance major, and because of this, I am very much looking forward to the opportunity the class will have to meet a group of Drake University alumni that have decided to take their professional careers to Washington DC.
While on the trip, the class will be visiting various monuments and meeting with a number of individuals to help get the full “Washington DC experience”. Although those times will be great and memorable, the main event that the class will be partaking in is getting the chance to see the President give his speech in person at the inauguration. During the speech, I’m hoping a few things happen. Although there has been time that has past since election day, I am hoping the President is able to get all Americans to put their political views aside to make The United States of America truly united. By doing this, I hope the President is able to motivate everyone to be optimistic about the future and what it has to come.
It has become an inside joke of the classmates that we will be a “happy, cohesive group” the entire time we are on our adventure. I am hopeful and wish that by the end of the trip, we will be a “happy, cohesive group” of friends that will be able to look back on the great memories made during our 11 day trip to Washington DC for the 2013 Presidential Inauguration.