Power Play

I managed to pull together a storied career as a professor in Washington DC. I was able to rub elbows as a renowned teacher and expert within my field of international politics and law with some of the greatest minds in the world. Therewere nights I spent grading countless papers and nights I got to dine at with diplomats at the White House. Some of my research ended up informing some of the greatest tactics in modern American history. I’m so fortunate that I have been able to do these amazing things, but recently I’ve been called to do things for younger kids.
I started with an after school program. Elementary and middle school kids would come spend their afternoons at the university with me and some of my friends I had cobbled together to teach them a little something. We quickly found out that despite over a hundred years of teaching experience between us, we were not all qualified to teach to elementary aged kids. So we stuck to middle school kids and decided to expand to an internship program for high school students. (Older students are also easier to explain around a college campus.)
One day, I got the chance to meet Ms. Sterling. We gave her a full top of our program, in all of its chaotic glory. She seemed very fond of our work in progress. She noted that we had a little more to offer from our college. If we could get the school to put its weight and resources behind the program, we could have one of the foremost programs raising the future of professionals within the social sciences. Not just diplomats, but lawyers, politicians, and sociologists. She saw that my my vision had potential beyond the intellectual playground I had built.
At this point in her career, Ms. Sterling had been known for her work in education, and people didn’t refuse her advice. So I followed the steps she had left for me. To none of our surprise, within a year, students from my program had become one of the most sought after resources in the District. They went on to work within governmental agencies, congressional offices, and even Cabinet departments. The kids I have been able to watch grow up before my eyes are now on their way to being the future of our nation’s politics.
All things considered, I’m working on expanding the program into a full-fledged high school. This way they can get credit for the schools the skills they’ve been learning. I’m thinking Nelson Mandela High School, after my personal hero from the Rainbow Nation. Yeah, Nelson Mandela High- Home of the Springboks.

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About the Author

Andrew Walker Watson is a junior International Studies Major. He loves Brazilian rap music, discovering useless facts, and, naturally, writing. If he could ever stop staring out into space, he would like to start a global movement to change the world and guest host Saturday Night Live.