"What do I stand for? What do I stand for?"

Trip Start Aug 15, 2012
Trip End Aug 15, 2013

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Today I traveled all over the Twin Cities visiting many places that reminded me of memories from my childhood. I went to the University of Minnesota to visit my Mom at work at the Campus Club and had a lovely lunch with her outside on the patio. I then went to the Minnesota History Center and looked at the "Greatest Generation" exhibit. I was able to reflect on the struggles people faced during the Great Depression and WW II. I then made my way to one of my favorite places in the whole wide world; the State Capitol!

You might be wondering why I enjoy the Capitol building so much. It all started when I was a junior in high school. I was selected to be a Page for the House of Representatives. Through the program I was able to spend a week at the Capitol learning how government worked by participating in the process. I was able to have conversations with many politicians including Representative Tom Rukavina from my home district. I worked on the House floor delivering messages to the Representatives during the session, visited with the Governor, toured the Judicial Building, and learned how to use the library on site to look up any information about Minnesota and its laws. Being a High School Page propelled me to take a serious look at politics and Minnesota government. After the week I viewed politics as a way to change a system that could oppress people and I was excited about the work I do in the future. This experience guided me to choose political science as my first major.

Living in North Dakota for the past three years has caused a disconnect between me and the happenings of Minnesota. Going back to visit the Capitol today reminded me of how out of touch I have become with the state of Minnesota and I have been thinking of ways to remedy this. I grew up here and I will always call Minnesota home. So, I have decided that one of my goals for the summer will be to stay informed on the happenings in Minnesota. When I leave in August for my YAGM year I want to be able to know what is happening in my home state.

Just as I did in my last post, today I challenge you to remember your passions and take the time to live them out. I will keep you updated as to how I do with my goal of being more informed. I think my first step will be to listen to Minnesota Public Radio more often, it is a good thing I renewed my membership!


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