When I dream about what I will do after I graduate I dream of myself in fancy working women clothes, flying in a private jet, writing foreign policy that will change the world...I even dream of myself as being the Secretary of State.
It all started when I was in the 4th grade. It was an election year, the year George W. Bush would be elected to his first term. We were learning about the Electoral College, the congress, the legislative system…everything there was to know about government. By this time I had already been a class representative four times in our tiny elementary school student council, but I was just beginning to realize that I could actually do this someday for a job. I became interested in leadership, in humans rights, in legislative matters. It wasn’t until my junior year of high school that I actually became interested in the world.
I’ll admit, for years I thought that I could simply and quickly rise to the top, to my dream position. It wasn’t until this summer that I realized that it might take a little bit of work. A lot of work. Working in the Capitol, I am not a State Representative, a Senator, or even widely recognized. I answer phones, give directions, and interact with groups of all sizes and nationalities. I couldn't help be thinking, “How will this ever get me to where I want to be?”
Then I realized, I work in the Colorado State Capitol! This is the best opportunity I've ever been given. The connections I could make are endless. I decided I would be the best receptionist, the best direction giver…the best at whatever it is I am told to do. I will work hard, study hard, make connections and achieve my dreams.
Plus, I have a secret weapon. The University of Colorado. CU helped me realize my dream and take it even further than I imagined. I am an International Affairs and Political Science major- combining two of my longest, most beloved interests. With organizations like the International Affairs club and knowledgeable advisors (among many others), I am able to be completely emerged in these passions.
While my position at the Capitol isn’t exactly a bid for presidency, it is one step closer than I was yesterday.