By Natalie Sherman
Hard to believe we have reached our 10th day in D.C.! We began the morning at The Washington Center, where we first heard from Bob Deans, the director of strategic engagement at the Natural Resources Defense Council. He spoke about the realities of climate change and what that means not only for us as a country but as a world. I found this to be incredibly important and relevant. Climate change is a serious issue, and if we do not make an active effort to ease the burden we put on our environment our future could be incredibly short. Next, we heard from Robert Bixby, the executive director at Concord Coalition. Bixby spoke about our nation’s debt and what it means for us. This was another very important and valuable topic to cover – this morning certainly got us thinking!
After our morning sessions, we headed to FINRA to visit Cory Claussen. FINRA is not part of the government – it is a not-for-profit organization authorized by Congress to protect America’s investors by making sure the broker-dealer industry operates as it should.
Our afternoon outings were cut short, but we reconvened in the evening for an alumni reception! It was great to meet some fellow bulldogs and hear about the amazing work they are all doing. It is still amazing to me how far a Drake education can truly take you. The amazing site visits we have been on have really been eye-opening as to just how wide the world is, and the diverse opportunities out there. We were told to have an elevator pitch prepared for when we spoke to alums, but luckily we all had one thing to talk about – the Iowa caucuses!