Cynthia N. CortezHighland Park, CA
June 30, 2009
What has been the most challenging moment during your first three weeks of the internship?
The most challenging part of the internship is learning how the congressional office functions. The trust that the congressperson has in their team exemplifies just how important it is to have faith in people working for a common goal-even if the route they are taking appears to be different.
The coolest moment I've had was with Latinas Learning to Lead. I couldn't help but smile meeting down to earth Latinas radiating genuine passion to help disenfranchised friends and family. It's empowering to know we come from challenging socioeconomic backgrounds and yet are investing time in D.C. to help our communities.
Talking with people on what they want out of life. Meeting Latino individuals with impressively complex minds blended with a strong sense of ethics provides me with the energy I need to continue fighting for Latino empowerment. The more people I meet, the more positive I feel about being successful.
CHCI: Reconstructing the way you perceive the world.
June 18, 2009
Please describe your first week in Washington, D.C.
The first week was demanding because so much information was thrown at me. I couldn't escape the need to meditate and reflect on who I am while finding the words to articulate my purpose in DC.