Follow your dreams. Change the world. Never settle. Ever.

Although the quotes above may sound stereotypical and almost generic, the truth that lies in their message shouldn’t be overlooked. Life is too short to be anything less than daring and idealistic, especially as young woman. The feminist movement has allowed women today to succeed in profound ways. Unfortunately, the motivation behind this movement today is that of victimhood, which could not be further from the truth. We, as young women, are not victims; we are not the direct result of our circumstances. We are each incredibly special and blessed with a God given desire and potential to succeed. Our great nation, the United States of America, guarantees us the opportunity to reach for the stars, no matter how high they are.

It is these thoughts and the constant desire to fuel my dreams that led me to leave my comfort zone at Liberty University for my senior year and pursue an internship in our nation’s capitol. After months of preparation and constant phone interviews, I finally secured a coveted Capitol Hill internship in Congressman Bob Goodlatte’s office, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. I’m halfway through my first week on the job and I already know one very important truth, my Capitol Hill internship is about more than the actual internship. It’s about more than me dressing in J Crew every morning and making sure I make time for that morning Starbucks run.

The Capitol Hill internship is my way of getting closer to impacting the world. Every day, I am humbled by the dilemma that is my reality. The reality that I get to be surrounded by a successful congressman and his staff on a daily basis. The reality that I get to eat lunch at tables across from our country’s most influential, powerful leaders. I get to smile at them in the halls. Sometimes I sit next to them on the metro. Soon, I will attend hearings and briefings where they show their beliefs and convictions. Not only do I have the opportunity to learn from them, but change the world through them. I am blessed with the freedom to learn their methods for implementing change in today’s world. I get to see them behind the scenes, as they draft their ideas and put them into bills that ultimately become our nation’s laws.

My internship is my education. An education that teaches me how to be that idealistic, daring millennial from a practical, legislative perspective. It’s easy and almost normal to desire to change the world, but it’s another thing entirely to actually do. Ladies, do not feed into the victimhood mentality, you are strong and independent; you don’t need the government or a movement to succeed.

Reach for the stars. Never dull your light because someone else is intimidated by it.

In the words of one of my favorite quotes from one of my favorite movies:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. 
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? 
Actually, who are you not to be? 
You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. 
We are all meant to shine, as children do.
We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. 
It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

My internship is about more than just the coffee runs, and phone calls from constituents. It’s a chance to be a part of something greater than myself that really could make a tremendous difference in the world.

Forget a carbon footprint, I am actually making a real life, conservative high heel on the ground footprint.

And that is worth fighting for.

Naomi C
FFL Contributor
Naomi is an aspiring lawyer fueled by strong coffee and strong opinions. You’ll probably find her in a cute cafe somewhere, wearing kate spade, exposing the corrupt liberal agenda.

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