Cristobal Salinas, Jr.Schuyler, NE
June 29, 2009
What has been the most challenging moment during your first three weeks of the internship?
One of the most challenging moments during my first three weeks of my internship has been getting adapted to the political life, and how to use the public transportation-the metro (there is no public transportation in Nebraska). In Senator Michael Bennet's (CO) office we have a variety of fun, interesting, and challenging projects.
During my first three weeks of my internship in D.C. I have had the most amazing experience to live with 23 other brilliant and intelligent Latino students from all over the U.S. Definitely they are the "best of the best" students. Another extraordinary experience has been the opportunity to work in the Senate, being able to explore every building on the Hill, ride the underground Capitol subway system, and ride the elevators with the Senators.
CHCI has given me one of the most tremendous opportunities I had ever had in life: to live in Washington, D.C., meet some of the most politically powerful people, and work in the Senate. Living in D.C. is a lot of fun; I never know who will I run into. Thursday, June 25, 2009, as I was walking out of the Capitol Hill I ran into John McCain. During orientation week I had to opportunity to hear the inspirational Cecilia Munoz, Director of Intergovernmental Affairs to President Obama.
If you had to make up a slogan, ten words or less, that represents your internship experience thus far, what would it be?
CHCI is a buffet of new experiences, challenges, and opportunities.
June 19, 2009
Please describe your first week in Washington, D.C.
I'm originally from Nebraska and now I live near President Obama. I love Washington, D.C. and would never insult it.
My first week in D.C. has been truly a wonderful experience. It bustles with vibrancy unequaled in any city I've ever been to, and its architecture is beautiful and bold.
The people are friendly, the food is wonderful, and there is never a lack of things to do. Overall D.C. is a great city.
Well, I guess my 23 new friends from 16 different states across the U.S. and Puerto Rico make my D.C. experience significant. Last week while in Washington, D.C. I was fortunate for two reasons: 1) Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute gave me the opportunity to experience my journey in D.C. 2) I made 23 new friends.
My roommates are great. Jael is a student at Columbia, Noel attends Georgetown University, and Anthony goes to Idaho State University. I'm excited to see how my summer goes!