Alvarez Takes on Capitol Hill

Jacie Higuchi

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     Aspiring politician Senior Jorge Aponte Alvarez Jr. spent his summer at the National Student Leadership Conference (NSLC) for political action and public policy at the American University in Washington D.C. From June 25 to July 3 Alvarez gained insight on different perspectives and learned how to be a U.S. Senator, from writing his own bills to taking part in mock campaigns.

     “One night we stayed up until like 2 a.m. in the morning in the halls talking about what life experiences had led us to believe what we believed and why we are the way we are,” stated Alvarez. “That’s the great thing about political science, we got to know each other’s political views and we understood.”

     Individuals such as Alvarez – who judge based on the situation and put the country over the party – fall into the middle of the political spectrum. “I consider myself a moderate democrat, during the election I supported Hillary Clinton, but I as a young democrat don’t allow my beliefs and the beliefs of others to get in the way of my friendships and my friends beliefs,” said Alvarez. He continued on, “My end goal is to become a politician and get into politics and be an actual senator, congressman or governor and, who knows, maybe even the President one day.”

     Whether running for office and creating his own bills or visiting Arlington Cemetery to the U.S. Capitol, there was one common idea conveyed during his time there. “In my opinion it was more to get us familiarized with the different parts of the political process itself such as senate campaign bill making and overall how politics is on a regular basis needed to get bipartisan support,” expressed Alvarez. Even though the program has ended, he still continues to incorporate the many lessons into his everyday life. His effort has been noticed in particular by AP U.S. teacher Jason Duncan. “The best type of leaders I think that exist in the world today lead by example; not by with they say but by with they do. And with Jorge I really see that – he’s a very humble person, but the things that he does you know exhibit leadership. Just even in his presence he’s very compassionate, he’s very respectful to all students, he’s taken leadership at the school level, he’s graduation chair, so you know he’s stepped up you know in terms of leadership roles at the school.”

     Alvarez was originally invited to attend a science program but because of his passion for politics he instead discovered the NSLC with the help of his school counselor Laurie Blalock. “Jorge is an amazing personality and a real gift for interacting with people and I just thought it would be a great environment for him to kind of stretch his wings so to speak and learn and see if this is really the direction he wanted to go,” expressed Blalock. Duncan added, “I spoke to him briefly after he attended (the program), he was very excited because he got to do something he was passionate about.” He continued on, “And really what I saw for him and why this was such a fantastic experience is that I think it more solidified his passion for understanding government and politics because he was able to network and communicate with peers across the country who had a similar passion that he did.”

     Building upon the relationships he had made this year, Alvarez is looking forward to attending the reunion next summer at the NSLC.

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