Brandon.jpg An update from Brandon, a first-year English and political science major, who is researching Justice Blackmun’s shift in his position on federalism between National League of Cities v Usery (1976) and Garcia v. San Antonio Metropolitan Transit Authority (1985):

Well, we’re back in Dallas now and I’ve been spending the past few days getting back into the swing of normal life.

It was a little bit weird spending all week working only to come back and have more midterms and essays in my other classes to worry about, but I really don’t mind it. I had a lot of fun doing my research in D.C., and while I do wish I could have stayed longer, I think I’m glad to be back in the “real world” of my everyday life.

I’ll never forget the experience I had last week, and I’m so glad to have had the chance to get to know my classmates and professor so much better in the process. For now though, it’s time to organize my research, come up with a more focused thesis, and synthesize everything into the final paper that I’ll be working on for the better part of the rest of this semester.

The trip might be over, but it looks like my work is just beginning. I’m looking forward to being able to share my final product with my classmates once it’s finished!