Congressman Danny Davis: The internship I dreaded
Prompt: Indicate a person who has had a signiﬁcant inﬂuence on you, and describe that inﬂuence.
Tick tock, tick tock. Staring down the clock as the final few seconds slugged by, I tapped my pencil and chewed on my nails waiting for that glorious moment when I would be released from the hellish afternoon of getting people “A grande caffe mocha, no sugar, no whipped cream, extra dry, with half skim, half full milk. Not 2% milk, just a mixture of the both. And raspberry syrup, mix with the milk, then the coffee,” and sorting through gargantuan mounds of paper. ‘I can’t wait for this job to end.’
This past summer I had the opportunity to work with one of the most influential political figures in Chicago, Congressman Danny Davis. He has been helping and serving Chicagoans for many years and is nationally known as an honest, hardworking, man of the people. I was an intern working in his office every other day. I did whatever he needed me to do. I filed away documents, and I read over and revised his speeches. I even planned a basketball benefit in his honor. I had a marvelous time working with him and would be honored to be able to do it again, but my feelings towards some of the tasks I was asked to do weren’t always great.
When I heard about the job from my mother, I really did not want anything to do with it. It was a summer “job”, and I didn’t get paid. Money seemed to be an important missing element. Also, I had to work long hours. His office was far away from home, and I didn’t have much of an interest in politics at that time. It also took away a huge chunk of time away from friends and family over the break. After all, I had big plans to sleep in ,hand out and do other important things that my mother seemed to have a problem with. But after a lot of arguing and long night of deep thought, I was told that I needed to at least give it a shot. (which is just my mom’s way of...