Monday of August 31st, 2009 when I woke up that morning, I would’ve never guessed the people I would be meeting with that day. The day proceeded ordinarily and I was anxious for 3rd period to be over. When it finally did at 11:40pm I met with Lalit Janak, the other intern that I would be working with, with Mayor Wood. Lalit’s told me some of the stuff that he’s in charge of at the worksite and how much he enjoys it on the way to the interview. When we got to the Roswell city hall, we were let through the door that requires some sort of special authorization and I was already beginning to get excited. I was then introduced to Brandon, Ms. Robyn Kenner, the chief assistant, and the mayor himself! (At this point, I gotta say, I’ve never known any mayors or even the names of them before and it was the coolest thing meeting with Mayor Wood!)
After Brandon and I were admitted and briefed on the information, as if meeting a mayor wasn’t enough for one day, we were already given a task of following Mayor Jere Wood to the reception for the GOP victory dinner at Westin hotel in Buckhead! The mayor personally took us to the place in his car, and during that 30minute drive we talked about random things and it made me feel intimate to the mayor already. At that time I had no idea what the reception would be like.
As soon as we got there, Mayor Wood started introducing everybody to us and never having been around so many influential people, I was dumbstruck. As we walked around and took time to be acquainted many, we were nervous to meet with Tom Price, and there he was, and soon I found myself shaking hands and taking pictures with him. However, due to the mayor’s scheduled council meeting back at the city hall, we had to miss out on the dinner.
Mayor Wood made us say few words at the meeting and we watched it till it was adjourned. I’ve lived in the U.S. for close to 7 years now, and this day might have been the most memorable day. I so excited and can’t wait till the next day of internship!
Mike Kim, Alpharetta High School