While my life here in the island is pleasant, I must say I miss Washington D.C. My life as an intern at Capitol Hill, was one for the books. As a Cordova and Fernos student, you get a lot from the experience. From the moment you land into the Capitol, to the moment you go for your first day at the internship, to the day you say your goodbyes. Being away from home while studying at Colegio is a very different experience than to cross the Atlantic to study and do an internship. You don’t have your family as close as you thought, you need to learn to do most of the things on your own, you learn that $20 dollars at the grocery store are nothing when you go grocery shopping and frozen food or canned food become your best friend.
Jefferson Memorial and the Cherry Blossoms (Photo Credit: Ana Carolina Marrero)
My life as an intern in the Capitol of the United States, was one I will hold with me forever. I learned so much and I am grateful for the friends I made along the journey. People I will hold dear in my heart. Because I gained more than friends, I gained an extended family from all parts of the world. Aside the people, I learned a lot and most importantly, I grew, not only as a person but as a professional too.
Florida Governor Rick Scott and Resident Commissioner Jenniffer Gonzalez
I met incredible people and politicians. I participated in a program called “Cherry Blossom Princess Festival”and I represented Puerto Rico on that festival. I met girls from all over US and the territories – American Samoa, Guam, and U.S Virgin Islands – and international princesses – Japan, Panama, Bolivia, Mexico, Russia, and Lithuania -. During that week I learned a lot and did a lot of cultural exchange with not only the girls from the other states but also with the international princesses.
70th Platinum Princess Class of 2018 at the White House (Photo Credit: Carl Bouchard)
Working in Washington D.C. was one of the experiences that will forever live with me and that no matter where life takes me, I can always rest assure that I will be going back to Washington D.C. Whether it is to live, work, study or just to be a tourist, I will somehow end up in Washington D.C.