First Cleveland. Then Washington. Then Where?

By: Tatijana Rodriguez, TWC Media Intern from Baldwin Wallace University

As I continue this amazing professional opportunity in Washington D.C. with The Washington Center and its inauguration program, I must reflect on the great experiences that I had just a few months ago at the Republican National Convention.

The RNC gave me the opportunity to meet fantastic people from TWC and students from around the country. I even got to know students from Cleveland and my own university better. Students from all over the country, with different political and points of view, participated in the program.

The first week of the academic seminar at Baldwin-Wallace gave me an inside look at everything it takes to prepare for this incredible event – from the media, to logistics, to security. As a college senior, I thought that I had learned just about everything I would need to start my career, but being put in the center of this national event gave me an entirely new perspective.

I really enjoyed seeing the political process up close and witness such a big part of the election, having never seen anything like this. It drove me to learn more and be involved in what was happening in our politics.

Now, I am in Washington to see the next step in the political process and I am beyond excited. I will use skills that I acquired in college to transition into my career in the media in the next few months. Like politics, the media is extremely fast paced and you never know what or when something is going to happen.

At the start of the RNC program, I was not sure of the specific area of media I wanted to explore. My experience with TWC in Ohio and now D.C. has clarified things and outlined where my passion lies. I will continue to be challenged and I think that’s what led me to the media industry. As I look forward to the remainder of the seminar, I want to absorb as much knowledge as I can and take it with me, wherever the next stop is.

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