Owning expectations, the fear of missing out, and the space outside the box.

Posted on Friday, Feb 22, 2019

Arriving in Austin, now more than a month ago, I was nervous. It was the first time in four-and-a-half years I was in a place other than College Station. Don’t get me wrong – I was incredibly excited. The fall semester events the Public Policy Internship Program coordinators hosted made me increasingly excited for the 86th Texas Legislative Session. Despite feeling well-prepared, truthfully I started out not knowing what I had gotten myself into, and I was sad to leave the family and support network I had built for myself in College Station during my undergraduate years. Though I was hesitant at the beginning, I quickly learned to push through those self-imposed mental obstacles and embrace this experience for what it is: uniquely developmental, interesting, and impactful.
As I now sit in the middle of a Senate Finance Committee hearing, I realize I have not gotten the chance to spend as much time in the Capitol as I originally imagined. Unlike the bulk of my cohort, I work outside of the building – off 13th and San Antonio – at the Texas A&M University System State Relations office. It’s an incredible job, as it gives me opportunities I did not think were possible when I originally accepted my supervisor’s offer. Part of loving my job was overcoming and owning my expectations and working to find chances for personal and professional growth beyond what is tasked to me day-to-day. Originally, it was hard to stay focused on my goals, as I am still in regular contact with my friends in College Station and family in Houston. Seeing the Snapchats, Facebook events, and getting texts and calls about what was happening in another city was difficult. Yet, it motivated me to pave a path forward, meet new people, and take advantage of where I am right now. I was, from the beginning, pushed out of my comfort zone, where I had to look for chances to take new leaps and explore a new range of possibilities.
Meanwhile, my law school admissions cycle is coming to a close. While this is exciting because I get to plan for the next three years of my life, I am resolute in my commitment to this internship, and unyielding in my pursuit and desire for this continued adventure. As an intern, Austin has given me the ability to do something different, while putting myself in a real-world environment. Here’s to the next 75% of the session and to more exciting days under the dome!

Spencer Krumholz
Texas A&M Engineering Government Relations
Austin, Texas | spring 2019