Week Seven: Reflect on CHCI Experience

I have only traveled to few places throughout my life, such as California, Texas, and Mexico, but I had never really stepped out of that comfort zone of my Mexican American community. Back home, I could only imagine what it would be like to live in another part of the country. I wanted to step out of Arizona and gain a new perspective – and that’s exactly what has happened. I can barely describe it, but I feel as if my mind has been opened. Next, I had never had a job before this summer, so I had no idea what to expect and I was very nervous. However, everything went smoothly from day one, and the people in my office were very welcoming. Aside from learning how the Hill works, I have also grown as a person. I don’t feel locked in or isolated from world – I feel like I am a part of it, and I have met people from different backgrounds that I have so much respect for. For the new interns, I recommend for you take advantage of every opportunity here in DC. Get to know your fellow interns, for you all have the potential to create special bonds. I want to congratulate the next interns on their selection, and I am here for anyone that needs me.