Coming from a small town in Ohio, I never expected I would be where I am today. Since I was 16, interning in DC had also been a distant dream, but now it is a reality.
As part of the Star Fellowship, Monday through Thursday I am in the office of a Republican Congresswoman. I have learned more in the last three week than I ever thought possible. I have attended meetings and briefings, learned new terms and acronyms, and tried to absorb as much as I can.
On Fridays I attend seminars put on by Running Start. These are my favorite part of the week – these seminars are an outlet for myself and the other fellows to discuss being a young woman in politics and relate our experiences in our offices.
In addition to the fellowship I have been adjusting to life in the city. I don’t think it’s possible to ever be bored here. The most memorable experience I have had so far was with the DC Young Republicans (DCYRs). By chance, I went to their networking event with a few roommates.We got to talking with some of the members of the DCYRs and found out about a Deployment (campaigning trip) to the Hudson Valley, New York…to campaign for my boss!
It was meant to be.
I convinced one of my roommates to go with me, and that Friday night we left.The trip was a great experience – one that exceeded my expectations. I had no idea what to anticipate, considering I had just joined the group and I only knew one other person going on the trip. But it was fabulous! We canvassed, phone banked, walked in a parade – the epitome of a campaign weekend.
The Congresswoman and her staff greatly appreciated our help. She spoke to the group and we had many photo ops! I felt satisfied knowing who I was helping and what she is doing in Congress. Through all the people who went on the trip, I made valuable connections and met people I may not have known otherwise, which is what I’m learning DC is all about.
During the first week in the office the Chief of Staff sat down with me and talked about the fellowship with me. He told me this experience is would be what I want it to be – I’m here and I intend to make the most of it.
–Emilie Regula, Star Fellow Fall 2012