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Washington D.C. for Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity's National Conference, that's where!

Taking a much needed break from the stress of applying to law school I was able to take a few days off from classes and my internship to jet set to D.C. for half a week with Missouri State University's P.A.D Pre-Law chapter.

Between frantically trying to figure out the metro and playing super tourist by taking pictures of anything that looked remotely historical or important, I actually learned some things that didn't only relate to law school.

On our itinerary I had noticed that one of the presentations we would be attending was about student leadership and was called "One Year to Make It Happen". The speaker, Pete Mockaitis, had led nine different student organizations while he was in school and seeing a connection with the eight internships under my belt I immediately thought, "I need to meet this guy!"

It turned out that he was young and hilarious and did a really great job of connecting with the audience during his presentation. The focus was all about the right way to set goals and how to make the most out of your one year in a leadership position for an organization.  He even agreed to sit down with me later on and tell me a little bit more about his background and how he got to where he is today (Hint: An internship helped him get a job at an elite consulting firm out of college).

I would strongly recommend checking out his website and looking at the different presentations he offers through CAMPUSPEAK if you are ever in need of a great speaker on student leadership.

On a side note, here are some recommendations for great food places to visit if you ever find yourself in DC:
-Aqua Al 2- An awesome little Italian restaurant on Capitol Hill that has really authentic ltalian food and has a location in Florence, Italy.
-Old Ebbitt Grill- This old historic bar and grill is known for the politicians and VIPs who frequent it to talk politics.
-Eastern Market- Also located on Capitol Hill, this funky market is filled with fresh meat, produce, and the best thing... a bakery! Try the jumbo black and white cookies.
-Ben's Chili Bowl- It's a total dive, but this chili place is a favorite of the Obama family and Bill Cosby and has a really cool atmosphere.

I'm still toying with the idea of interning in D.C. this coming summer so if there are any Capitol Hill interns out there I'd love to hear all about your experiences and any recommendations you have!

One Response so far.

  1. Jamo says:


    Do you ever post any articles up about posture? Our generation has TERRIBLE posture, especially when sitting, and that can kill an interview in the first 10 seconds. I know I'm trying to get better and more conscious about it but I'm sure some other people could benefit from it as well!

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