By: Andie Lopez ’21, Program Advisor, Journalism + Communications/Leadership + the American Presidency
I am overjoyed to return to The Fund for American Studies this summer to learn, live and connect once again.
During my time at TFAS, I grew as a person and journalist.
I loved living in Washington, D.C. because I was given a glimpse into what life is like as a journalist. Often, I found myself standing, surrounded by people taking the fresh air in and asking myself “Am I really here?” My favorite social spot was District Winery where I met numerous people during the weekend summer concerts.
During my Economics for the Citizen class with Professor Bourdreaux, I was taught to think critically and my knowledge for economics grew immensely. After class was over, I would head to guest lectures, which had me on fire to be a journalist that never gives up. My dream of being a Latina journalist is something I hold close to my heart. My favorite guest lecture was Alexandra Jaffe from The Associated Press. Each guest lecturer was ready to answer questions and counsel TFAS students, leaving students eager for what the next assignment would be.
My internship was with Military Times, where I had the opportunity to learn how to properly send emails out to generals within the military, build contacts and even cover a rally outside of the White House. I was stretched out of my comfort zone, but I am proud of myself for overcoming obstacles and learning. Through my internship, I was able to learn how to cover live events and have a quick turnaround time. It left me eager for more breaking news coverage and to learn more about military affairs.
During TFAS, I was able to make great connections with journalists from Politico, The Washington Post and Washingtonian Magazine. I was encouraged to not be afraid to reach out to journalists and seek advice and with that advice, I was able to meet with journalists who poured their knowledge into me and give me guidance and encouragement. Not only did I make connections with journalists, but I also made connections with students within the program. My roommates and I have made strong friendships that continue to this day.
Currently, I am a student writer at The Daily Forty-Niner at Long Beach State. Previously I was a student staff writer and editor for Moorpark Reporter at Moorpark Community College. I am excited to share my knowledge with those around me and continue growing with my peers.
Program Advisors, informally known as PAs, are recent TFAS alumni who live in student housing and help current students navigate the program and Washington, D.C. during the summer.