When we first learned we were visiting Senator Markey’s office, I was a little confused. He is the junior Senator from Massachusetts — what does that have to do with Iowa? My grandparents live outside of Boston, and I was just there a few days ago, so I was curious to see what the Senator was like. Would you look who popped in to see the Drake students? Senator Markey himself! His dedication to public service reminded me that politicians are not necessarily corrupt and out-of-touch. Brian Lamb said earlier in the day, “Learning is the most important thing you can do.” Senator Markey truly embodies the desire to keep learning, keep listening, keep yourself centered on those outside of DC. Public service is not about me or you; it’s about all of us. I am so grateful he took a moment to join our ragtag group of Iowa students interested in politics.