They descended on the state capitol like a group of tourists, complete with a travel itinerary. But, these were no ordinary tourists. They were students, and no ordinary students mind you, who had come to learn about the oldest, continuous law-making body in the U.S. – the Virginia legislature.
The students are all Fellows; scholars in their own right, representing both the Potomac Health Foundation and Valley Proteins. Both are distinguished scholarship programs dedicated to developing student leaders and helping them succeed in and out of the classroom.
After spending some time getting acquainted with the legislative process with State Senator Jill Vogel, the group took a short walk to the Supreme Court of Virginia where they met with Justice William C. Mims. The students asked about some of the more difficult cases Mims had tried during his career and about his experience as a state legislator and Attorney General of Virginia. Afterward, the group grabbed some dinner and retired in anticipation of an equally busy second day.
The next morning kicked off with a meeting with Elizabeth Creamer – the governor’s advisor for workforce development – who was happy to share her secrets for success. The students followed up with a tour of the Executive Mansion and even managed to spend a few minutes with Guinness – the McAuliffe family dog. The group’s final destination was another Richmond landmark – the Library of Virginia – where they enjoyed lunch and exchanged farewells.
Like this year’s session of the General Assembly, the Fellows’ tour may have been a short one, but it was informative, entertaining and educational for this group of academic achievers, some of whom hope to one day find their way back to Richmond to represent the interests of their constituents.
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