By Jack Hellie
I have been to Washington, D.C. before with family, but I am looking forward to spending two weeks in our nation’s capital focusing on academics and professional growth. I have a few goals and expectations for this course which I intend to keep in mind as our class meets with interesting people and hears new ideas. One thing I am curious to see is if my future and professional goals change after this course.
Presently, I do not have much, if any interest in pursuing a career in politics in Washington, D.C. I am not attracted to the idea of working in any part of the federal government. My interests are focused on politics and campaigns, not governing and legislation. However, I open to changing my professional goals as I evolve as a person. I hope to use these two weeks in Washington, D.C. to explore opportunities and possibilities I might not have considered before, especially when meeting with professionals and alumni who have experiences and interests similar to my own.
Academically, I am looking forward to hearing lectures from speakers who have expert opinions on topics such as the federal budget or national security, and then discussing it with my peers. The academic setting will be exciting, being surrounded by students who are also studying politics and journalism.
The 2016 election was a historic one, and I look forward to taking part in the swearing-in ceremony. Moreover, I hope to learn more about the mechanics and politics of the inauguration and the events surrounding it, as well as paying close attention to how the media covers the inaugural events while experiencing the events in person.