What Disney Means to Me

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If you know me, you know that I feel strongly about Disney. Some people (like my mother) think I’m a crazy person and am just wasting my money going to a silly amusement park. But Disney means a lot more than that to me. And here’s why…

Cultivating the Imagination

As kids, we are able to imagine anything at a minute’s notice. I remember being able to imagine that my front porch was McDonalds and my sister was driving a car through my drive-thru. I was able to imagine entire worlds for my Barbie dolls that they would live in for days at a time. I could imagine that I was a spy collecting top-secret information about my next-door neighbors. I even remember imagining I was a crime scene investigator for a “murder” that occurred at my elementary school after-hours. Now-a-days, I have difficulty escaping reality. Disney is a place where I can get back to the days of my childhood imagination. The detail they put into the parks transport you into another world and allow you to leave reality behind and be a kid again, regardless of how old you are.

Everyone is a Princess

Maybe it’s just me, but I still cling to the hope that someday, I will marry a prince. Until then, I will settle for walking around Disney Parks and having cast members call me princess. Heck, I will even spring for some ears with a little tiara on them to sweeten the deal. Disney has a way of making you feel like you’re special. And I like that.

“A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes”

Believe it or not, Disney inspires me to set real-life goals for myself and to do all I can to reach them. They teach kids and adults to never give up on hopes and dreams. Maybe even to believe in a little “magic” to help along the way.

True Love Exists

However silly and naïve it sounds, you can’t help but feel that true love exists when you’re surrounded by all the fairy tales. It brings out that little bit of hope in my heart that I will find my very own Prince Charming (or Beast, whichever) that will sweep me off my feet.

Happiness

I have never been angry, sad, anxious, or stressed at Disney. I find it very important for people to have some way to just let go of all their worries and enjoy life for a minute. That’s what Disney is for me. It’s my “Laughing Place.” Maybe it doesn’t do the same thing for you; maybe the thought of long lines and expensive food is too much for you to handle. And that’s fine, but it’s still important to find for yourself something in this world that makes you feel the way Disney makes me feel.

What is life without a little magic, anyway?

How to Be an Expert Traveler

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I am a poor college student just like 99% of my friends. Yet, all the time people say to me “I wish I could travel as much as you. I want your life!”

Since starting college I have been on trips to:

Washington, DC (8 times)
Chicago (2 times)
Los Angeles (3 times)
Pensacola, FL (2 times)
Edinburgh, Scotland (1 time)
Munich, Germany (1 time, for a week at Oktoberfest)
Montreal, Canada
Orlando, FL (2 times)
Baton Rouge, LA (1 time, a week for spring break)
San Juan, PR (1 time, a week for spring break)
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Book: The Mermaid Chair -Sue Monk Kidd

Book: The Mermaid Chair -Sue Monk Kidd

I may be late to this game (like several decades late) but I recently picked up this gem from a used bookstore in Old Town Alexandria, VA. It is a coming of age story, much like Kidd’s other novel The Secret Life of Bees, though this main character is in her forties. It is a story laced with self-discovery, faith, and the draw of a woman to the ocean. I absolutely loved it and could not put it down!

How to Survive an Internship on Capitol Hill

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I’ve been here for a while now and here’s what I’ve learned:

Say Yes to All Tasks- and Do Them Right Away

When a staffer says “Hey, would you mind running across the hill to get a vacuum?” and you’re busy in the middle of scrolling through your twitter feed, stop and immediately do whatever they want. Yeah, they give you all the shitty tasks that they don’t want to do themselves, but if you put in your time, they’ll start giving you bigger and better things to do.

Attend Hearings as Much as Possible

This is where the magic happens. There’s nothing like watching your favorite Congressmen go at it in person. Plus, you get a great insight on your favorite political issues. (Also a plus- sometimes you get to be on CSPAN!)

Seek Out Receptions After Work

There is one of these babies pretty much daily. It could be for anything- I attended ones for franchising, Politico, save the wildlife. WHO CARES WHAT IT’S FOR?! It’s free food, probably from a delicious place, and free booze. They expect interns to show up and freeload. After all, we are either getting paid little or nothing at all. Every free meal counts.

Bake Things for Your Office

Or, if you tend to burn everything you make, buy a big bag of candy and share. Why? Networking. Your coworkers are your network, and when you want a job on the Hill someday, they’re the ones that will hear about it first. If they think you’re great, they’ll let you know first. It’s all about getting that competitive edge.

It’s Not About What You Know, It’s Who You Know

This has never been more true than it is on Capitol Hill. I majored in health science for crying out loud. I got this internship because of who I knew on the Hill. And how did I meet him? NETWORKING. I meet tons of great people that have great opportunities by doing this. I go to receptions and make small talk with some guys in suits. Oh, you’re looking for a new staff assistant? Interesting. Oh you started your own multi-million dollar company right after college? Please give me advice (also, are you married?)

Have Fun

Capitol Hill is like one big frat house. Most people working here are under 30 and are just looking for a fun life. Take your work seriously from 9-5 and then go out and get weird and make some new friends. We’re in our twenties- that’s all the excuse we need.