Say Yes to Everything

Posted on Wednesday, Jul 18, 2018

Okay, so you’ve moved into the Buchanan, you’re sitting in your apartment, and you’re wondering what’s next; or you’re a current student wondering if this program is for you; or you’re a concerned parent wondering what your child is getting into and how to better give them advice on this journey they have embarked on (Hey, mom). Anyone else is welcome of course, and for whatever other reason, you’re reading this blog right now, I want you to know that PPIP is the right choice.

Traveling to D.C., living in Crystal City, and working in these agencies full-time before you have even graduated is an AMAZING opportunity. There will never be a time in your life that is exactly like this one. Take every opportunity, say yes to that happy hour (even if you must drink water and Shirley Temples the whole time), go to that movie or concert, travel to a different state, and go to those job fairs even if you’re not graduating for another three years! Invest in yourself, and take those chances on yourself, because you have no idea what is meant for you and in store for you.

I never would have thought I would’ve been at the internship I’m at now or witnessed and experienced all that I have this summer, but I did it because I took that chance. I’m still taking those chances and my answer is always “yes” when I can learn something new or experience something new.

Now it’s your turn, live your best life, and say yes to all those things even if you never imagined you would be able to do it. You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take!

Below is a picture of me on the Speaker’s Balcony at the Capitol in the middle of a work day, all because of a chance I took and being in the right place at the right time!

Ashley Bradley
Department of Justice - Legislative Affairs
Washington, D.C. | summer 2018