On February 23, 2018, I had the pleasure of traveling to New York City with members of the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area (UNA-NCA) to participate in the 2018 Global Engagement Summit hosted by the United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA) held at the United Nations (UN) Headquarters. Over 1,800 people attended the Global Engagement Summit to show their support for the UN and to participate in critical discussions on the world’s most pressing issues.
Last week, I found myself on the crowded, bustling streets of New York City, commuting through morning rush hour traffic. I could hardly contain my excitement as I walked through Midtown East with a coffee in one hand and a bagel in the other. I first stopped by the Turtle Bay Music School to pick up my registration pass, I then headed to the United Nations Headquarters, where I would be joining over 1200 youth from all over the world to participate in the 2018 Youth Assembly. As a youth delegate representing the United States, I was ready to learn more about the United Nations, hear from great speakers, and discuss the role of youth in addressing global challenges.
On August 8, 2017, the United Nations Association National Capital Area (UNA-NCA) hosted, “Congress and the Sustainable Development Goals” with Congressman Don Beyer. Hosted at the Rayburn Office Building at the U.S. Capitol, over a hundred guests joined to hear from Congressman Beyer discuss the United States’ commitment to the UN, climate action, and other Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Giving back to the community has always been a value of mine. Growing up in Arizona, my family was fortunate enough to have support from the community during some tough times. This community support and the hard work of my mom to raise my siblings and me is what inspires me to help others in need and to give back to the community. For me, pursuing the Congressional Award aligned with my core values and I hope that my work will inspire others to engage with their community.
Welcome back! I’m here to give an update on my first 8 months as a Presidential Management Fellow in Washington, DC. Check out the eight tips below:
- Be thoughtful about building your network
If you dread networking events as much as I do, then this first tip is for you! As an extrovert, many people might be surprised that I am not a huge fan of networking events. The idea of going to a place where I do not know anyone and everyone wants to meet people freaks me out for some reason. Instead of trying to “fake it till I make it,” a mentor of mine suggested I go to more targeted events to meet people. Specifically, I now find organizations whose work aligns with my interests and go to events hosted by that organization. This way, instead of putting all the pressure on myself like I do at traditional networking events, I can connect with people who I know have common interests. This type of informal networking makes me feel less overwhelmed and the connections are more fruitful in the long run. That being said, I would not suggest limiting yourself to attending events only in your field – branching out to other sectors can be very rewarding as well.
My first week as a Presidential Management Fellow is officially complete. After a full day of orientation on Monday, the rest of the week was devoted to learning the ins and outs of the office I am working in. This included learning about the projects I will be working on and meeting my co-workers. Read more