“I can’t believe it went by so fast.” Isn’t that what every college student says when they wrap up a new experience like a semester-long internship? In my last few days living in Washington, DC I actually feel that I am living and breathing these words. As I sit down to write this post I am just thinking of all the places I should have made the time to visit and the restaurants I should have made time to dine at. In a matter of days I will be on a plane heading home to the other Washington that is 2,786 miles away from where I sit now, and yes, I mapped the distance.
The end of this trip to DC also marks the end of what was part one to my two part senior year of undergraduate studies at Arizona State University. Reality will soon set in as I return to the Grand Canyon State to finish up my final months as a Sun Devil. In continuing with this “coming to an end” theme I’ve started, I realize that I will soon have to decide what it is that I want to do after graduation in May. Even though I don’t know exactly what that is just yet, I have had gained much experience and insight during my three and a half months at Center for Education Reform that has helped me reaffirm that I do in fact want to work in the vast world of education and I can continue to guide myself in that direction.
Being at CER has helped me fumble around with a few career paths that I would most definitely see myself in. Attending debates on the Common Core curriculum and discussions on teacher quality helps me think about being on the legislative side of