Most college students look forward to the much-needed time-off during summer vacation, but one former Wildcat spent his summer on Pennsylvania Avenue.
Fabens High School graduate Rodrigo Estrada interned at the White House this summer in the Executive Office of the President as he helped develop and executive domestic policy.
“No two days were the same at the White House and I never knew who I’d bump into on my way to the office, whether it be cabinet secretaries or the vice president himself,” Estrada said.
“As an intern, I conducted research on labor policy, quantified the effectiveness of recent reforms, drafted memoranda, and generated reports to better inform policy-making. It was a fast-paced environment, but everyone was always willing to lend a helping hand,” Estrada said.
Rodrigo recalls many discussions in Mr. Flores’ AP History class that fueled his passion for politics and offers advice for students who want to become involved in the political world.
“At such a polarized and divided moment in our nation’s history, it is imperative that we actively engage those with whom we share differences of opinion in an attempt to build bridges of understanding and not wall ourselves off in intransigence. Be open to a diversity of views and engage your community through service and advocacy whenever you are afforded the opportunity, no matter how small.”
Estrada attends the University of Chicago and is pursuing a degree in economics.
Author: David Natividad – Fabens ISD