A big “ole Booker” welcome

Yesterday, the group had the pleasure of meeting Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey. As Booker walked in the room, he yelled: “Is Drake, the rapper here?” The Senator flashed his award-winning smile and made everyone feel comfortable with his dad jokes. The meeting started by Booker asking each student about themselves and what their … Continue reading

That’s not my job

Yesterday, I had one of the best experiences of my life, thus far, when we met Senator Bernie Sanders. At the 2016 election, I was only old enough to vote in the general election, but 17 year old me knocked hundreds of doors for the Bernie Sanders campaign. So meeting, and being able to talk … Continue reading

How Washingtonians Walk, Talk, and Act

As you all know by now, we’ve been pretty busy meeting with DC professionals, many of whom have been Drake Alumni. One common theme that has come up over and over again when talking to everyone from current Senators to journalists is advice on how to make it in DC. Many, if not all have … Continue reading

Let’s address the elephant in the room

By: Kiley Roach Throughout the last two weeks, several of our speakers and site visit hosts have reiterated the sentiment that the Republican Party has devolved into the party of Donald Trump. The party is no longer loyal to its Reagan-year roots of fiscal responsibility, moral governing, and open-door trade policies. Instead, the issues that have … Continue reading

The U.S. Needs to Change to Help Climate Change

Bob Deans, Director of Strategic Engagement, Natural Resources Defense Council, raised a point while talking to the Washington Center that resonated with me and helped me to further understand why climate change is of the utmost importance, regardless of party alignment. He claimed that the Paris agreement was a major step in the right direction … Continue reading

A Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

By Alex Jenson Part of the human condition is the search for a deeper meaning. The public buildings and monuments of D.C. make full use of this phenomena. Intentionally or not, walking feels designed to appeal on a spiritual level to the citizens of the country. These edifices are perhaps the most overt attempts to … Continue reading

Everyone Deserves an Advocate

“Politics is about the people.” Wouldn’t it be an ideal world if our nation was actually able to uphold this role that the government and the institutions that influence and portray to the public what is happening in the government are based upon? Mo Elliethee, Executive Director of the Georgetown Institute of Politics and Public … Continue reading

WOW! The White House

WOW! The White House

Hannah Olson | @thehannykate While this simple phrase became somewhat a meme of our entire time in DC, the sentiment is one that holds true. A common theme we have seen throughout all of our site visits and speakers was the sheer awe they have all held at some point. Everyone, obviously VERY different reasons, has felt … Continue reading