Well, I can’t believe how close we are to the end of the semester! It seems like we just finished Spring Break, but, alas, the time is almost here for us to take final exams and leave, once again, for the summer. My anticipation for the summer has probably come a little sooner than it should have, because I was offered a summer job that required me to start working in the beginning of March. I am working as a Field Representative for a political campaign, something that I absolutely love doing, albeit a very stressful position. In taking this job, I was well aware of the stressors that came along with it, as well as the obligations.
As soon as I accepted the job, I began work, making phone calls, finding meeting times and places for various groups, and other various tasks. However, one of the coolest things that I have gotten to do so far was this past weekend. I had the task of driving my candidate across the state to various events. Our first stop was at an event in Columbus, MS called “Grilling on the River”, which was, essentially, an outdoor food-filled festival celebrating Columbus. Our second stop on the tour was a “meet-and-greet” with a group of Republican women in Columbus. My candidate was able to present his platform and continued vision for the state (he has the benefit of being an incumbent). Next, we drive about thirty minutes west, back to Starkville, MS, where we attended a large baseball and football game. Finally, to end the day, we made the drive to Lauderdale, MS, to a bi-annual traditional event, the Ralph Morgan Rodeo! This was really a neat experience for me, as it was a real, traditional rodeo, which, if you didn’t know, is VERY different from a rodeo that you would see at larger venues. We had an extremely enjoyable day, filled with handshakes and pleasantries of some of the nicest people in the country.
This summer is going to be a BIG change for me because I am actually going home for the entire summer. Last summer, I decided to stay and work at Millsaps — a decision that I definitely do not regret, it was a great experience. However, when this job offer came around for the campaign, I simply couldn’t pass it up, and am very excited to be able to have some time at home.