Mickeyism #17: Give
I think an internship is a learning experience, a place to grow, with new skills to gain. For me though, this internship has also included mentorship. Mentoring is something I believe to be as valuable as the other parts. It's important right, to have those who know more to spend the time and give you a bit of their knowledge. For me, it's been everyone in the office but Mr. Mickey Ibarra, high-key wins.
I am grateful for his patience and kindness and for always going out of his way to give me opportunities. Also for giving me a time of day, for going out of his way and letting me come and talk to him about his life, and about his experiences. So these are some highlights from our conversations. There are way more, but these are a few good ones.
The 2002 Winter Olympics
I was sitting and chatting with him about the internship, and the talk governor Mitt Romney gave. He let me know about his relationship with Mitt Romney and the 2002 Olympics. During the preparations to the Olympics, it was Mr. Ibarra and others who worked at the White House who helped with the funding and execution of them . It's interesting to see the relationships between federal officials and state officials and how sometimes when they work together awesome things can happen. He was also given a torch from the games as a thank you. It was super cool to hold it and talk to him about his experience and his work with the 2002 Winter Olympics.
"I watched Airforce One, on Airforce with the President" --Mickey Ibarra
Who gets to say that they watched Airforce One with President Clinton? Mr. Mickey Ibarra. There were so many other stories from his days at the White House and every story, intrigued me more. I listen to him and realize how far he has come, both literally and figuratively. He came from small begins in Utah and now has is president of his own public affairs firm after serving as assistant to president Clinton. Pretty awesome experiences that he was able to have at the White House, but I think just as important awesome experiences that he has shared with me and others in the office as well.
Nats & Bats
So I've never been much into sports but, baseball is pretty interesting! My boss invited me to go watch the Washington Nationals play against the Atlanta Braves. What a fun time! I think the coolest part of the whole game was when Bryce Harper hit his 100th home run, and apparently, get this... it was the first time in history that the 100th home run was a grand slam. So yes, Ciriac witnessed baseball history. No big deal, while eating an authentic Nationals hot dog.
Connecting the dots
-- Poem by yours truly Connections to the past Connections to the present Sometimes those who we took towards Were already looking back Were already preparing a way for the future Just as I am for those to come Connections to those before us reciprocity. respect. rememberance. connections.
ps. to be a millionare, work hard, and don't give up until you reached your goal. bam. you're welcome ;)