Anna’s Picture of the Day, Weird Fact, and Step Counter!

By: Anna Gabalski

Hello again! I am back with another photo, fun fact, and more steps!

Today we started our day with lectures from Lara Brown, the director of the Graduate School of Political Management (GSPM) at George Washington University, Jacob Leibenluft, the Executive Vice President for Policy at the Center for American Progress, David Catanese, a Senior Politics Writer for U.S. News & World Report in conjunction with Shannon Pettypiece, a White House Correspondent for Bloomberg News.

Next, we made our way over to Pew Stateline to visit with Matt Vasilogambros, who talked with us about the reporting he does on the state and local levels. I really enjoyed talking with him and I was really inspired about his desire to seek the truth. I also recommend you go read one of his articles from his time at the Atlantic about why young hipsters should move to Des Moines. As a born and bred New Yorker, I relate to this article on another level considering he interviewed a man who moved from New York to Des Moines, just like me!

After visiting Pew, we met with Matt Clark from Pyxera Global. Pyxera Global is really awesome because they partner with large organizations to provide pro bono services to international organizations. After learning about Pyxera Global we met with Matt Thornblad, Director of Government Relations at United Technologies Corp. and Paul Doucette, Vice President of Government Affairs at Battelle (and a member of Drake’s Board of Trustees). They really opened my eyes to the world of lobbying.

One theme I noticed pop up throughout the day, from the speakers at the lectures to the lobbyists, was that trust and respect of are of the utmost importance. Without trust and respect, nothing can get done. Matt Vasilogambros, a journalist, Matt Thornblad, a lobbyist, and Laura Brown, Director of the Graduate School of Political Management at GW, alongside the other lecturers from the previous day all mentioned how the relationships they form are built on trust and respect.

Finally, after our long day of lectures and meetings, we watched the President’s address alongside some of our peers from the Washington Center. All in all, it was a pretty fantastic day!

Today I will be sharing one photo. This photo shows us on one of the metro platforms waiting for our train. Today was the first day we all traveled as a group on the metro which was pretty tricky considering we are a group of fourteen. It was so much fun running around the city for meetings, it really made me feel like a true young professional getting the local DC experience.

metro photo

My weird fact of the day is that Darth Vader is hidden among the sculptures and gargoyles that adorn the National Cathedral. He can be found on the northwest tower. Turns out there are many weird figures all around the outside of the National Cathedral!

Finally, here is my step count for the day. I clocked in at 5.36 miles, 10,967 steps and 11 flights of stairs. If this pace continues, I predict we will log more than fifty miles by the end of the trip!

Whew! Another long and busy day! Every day that passes only makes me more excited for the next.

I’ll see you all tomorrow with another post!

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