Week 1.✓ Week. 2✓ Week 3. ✓ Week 4.✓ Week. 5✓. Week. 6✓. Week 7’s blog is going to be different than the ordinary blogs. This time I’m not writing from D.C., but from my home in Texas. Leaving D.C. was harder than actually arriving. I tried so hard to hold back my tears because his whole summer was filled with so many different adventures and opportunities! I wasn’t quite ready to leave my D.C. family. I got so attached to Armando, Cheyla, and Juan and enjoyed every moment I spent with them. We created this bond that I’ve never felt before since I don’t have siblings. In D.C., I always had something to do every hour of the day so going home was hard for me. The only thing I thought of while on the airplane was how I was going to keep myself busy? What am I supposed to do next? Upon arriving home, I was welcomed by my family. We had a BBQ, went kayaking on the beach and did some shopping, so that week was easy because I was surround by family and was kept busy. As I kept seeing a new family member every day, they pointed out how much I’ve changed through the internship experience. For example: the way I present myself, the level of confidence I have, the way I speak, and of course the knowledge I grew. It was nice speaking to them and showing them pictures of everything I did, saw and the people I spoked with in D.C. When they left that was the hard part. I found myself doing nothing and honestly I didn’t know what to do with myself. It felt different being away from the people I spent my whole summer with. I got so used to picking up the phone and calling one of the interns to meet up somewhere to go to a museum, the National Mall, or simply out to eat. I started thinking “This is what Cleo and Janna were telling us on how we were going to feel. How it was going to be hard to transition out of a busy life style we had in D.C., but that it was up to us to make ourselves busy.” So I finally reached out to an immigration attorney named Hugo Pina, whom I have a lot in common with. He comes from a migrant background, is an immigration attorney and did in internship in Washington D.C. at Georgetown Law. I reached out to Hugo wanting to speak about his journey and how he got to where he is now. When we meet I had no idea I was there for a job interview! I was there to speak with him about his story. It’s a good thing I learned in D.C. to go prepared wherever you go and carry copies of your résumé! If I get hired at this firm I will be doing paralegal work and helping immigrant families seeking permanent residence in the U.S. It would also be a great experience because I’ll be working in a job within my field of study. This internship has opened my eyes to many different aspects in life. From, telling our stories, of our background, on the Hill and the people we came across during the internship and seeing their different reactions is one of them, to living with people we don’t know and learning to open up to them and trust them. From budgeting for ourselves to learning how to be independent in this big world. The experience in D.C. was completely life changing. At first, you’re terrified because you’ll be away from home with people you’ve never met. But when you leave, it’s the feeling of sadness since you’re leaving behind countless memories. The fact that Cleo created this internship to inspire change in the lives of young migrant head start students is unbelievable. He has impacted so many lives in such a positive way and I’m truly grateful to have been one of the 2017 NMSHSA interns.