brianaAn update from Briana, a sophomore Hunt Scholar majoring in political science in Dedman College and communication studies in Meadows School of the Arts: 

During lunch with the 21st Century Group, we had the pleasure of speaking with one of the firm’s principals, who happens to be a woman. She explained how being a woman in the lobbying industry sometimes poses difficulties in such a male-dominated field. While she did provide this advice about entering this particular field, her thorough and compassionate explanation created a confident atmosphere nonetheless for me to continue to pursue a degree in politics, and if not, in a career in Washington, D.C., at the least.

Our lunch meeting at the 21st Century Group is the epitome of what our trip was meant to do for us SMU students — create an atmosphere that not only encourages us to inquire about our passions, but also develop as a professional ready for any setting we may be placed in (including a lunch meeting).

As I write my last blog post and reflect on what I have learned, not only from 21st Century Group, but from all of our Hilltop experiences, I understand why and how this program can truly change and create dreams. I have been inspired and changed as I meet successful alumni as well as prominent professionals here in the great city of Washington, D.C. As I sign off, I thank the Bauer family, Dr. Rita Kirk, Dr. Sandra Duhé, and Ms. Candy Crespo for giving me the opportunity to experience everything that I have only dreamed of. The only obstacle anyone has is themself. The only thing we can do is pursue what we have a passion for and work hard for what we believe in.