Washington World Fellows at the Capitol

Last week, the Washington World Fellows were in Olympia to serve in the Senate Page program, learning about the legislative process firsthand by assisting legislators and staff. The fellows’ page duties included everything from delivering documents and messages to serving on the senate floor. Fellows Michelle Jimenez and Anisa Robinson even had the opportunity to carry and present the Washington State flag as part of the honor guard, and Luis Bravo led the Senate in the Pledge of Allegiance. At the end of the week, the fellows put what they learned to the test by drafting mock bills using the legislative process.

While not paging, the fellows kept a full schedule of educational learning activities and college preparation. Over the course of the week, they had the opportunity to meet with Congressman Denny Heck, discuss future plans with Lieutenant Governor Cyrus Habib over lunch, attend a reception with the Association of Washington Generals, and take part in the Washingtonian and Organization of the Year awards reception held at the Capitol as VIP guests.

During their downtime, the fellows worked with their mentors from The Learning Professionals on college preparation, taking practice SAT and ACT tests to familiarize themselves with the test-taking experience. Fellows spent time during the week identifying their personal strengths and learning how to pick the right school – and the right test — to utilize those strengths.

It was a lot of hard work and the fellows received plenty of commendations from legislators, community leaders, and others who had a chance to interact with them during their time at the Capitol.