New Beginnings in America’s Capital

How did we get here? I have arrived in our nation’s capital! The cross-country road trip consisted of over 2000 miles in the car with my boyfriend John, our dog Miso, and our cat Senator Tinker; all while pulling a 4’x8′ trailer full of our life possessions.

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John and I picked up the keys to our new cozy condo in Old Town Alexandria, and we are loving the area. The neighborhood is full of color, and historic row homes. A 5-minute walk east is the Potomac River and Founders Park.

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Why are we here? I start my Presidential Management Fellowship (PMF) with the U.S. Department of Energy on Monday, August 8th. The PMF program is a flagship leadership development program for advanced degree recipients created more than three decades ago by Presidential Executive Order in efforts to create future government leaders.

I will be serving as a Management and Program Analyst with the Building Technologies Office.  John passed the bar exam and is searching for an attorney position in the DC area.

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Why did I make this blog? I will be using this blog as a platform to document my experiences in the PMF program, to share lessons about career preparation and development, and to engage my youth friends in conversations about global issues.

As a 23-year-old millennial entering the federal government, I think it is important to document and share my experiences. Currently, the federal government is made up of only 6.6% of workers under 30, and 0.9% under age 25. Public service is important for people of all ages, as the decisions and actions of the federal government today directly effects our future, and the futures of the generations after us.

Please join me through this new adventure, and watch out for weekly updates!

Have any tips for activities, restaurants, or anything related to the DC area  — please leave a comment below!

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