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What did I do at work today?

Cleo van der Veen's picture

…I'm glad you asked. Working at the UN Foundation, I haven't had a boring day yet. Today, I started work at 9:00 a.m., well 9:04. I had to drop laundry off at the dry cleaners. I started up my computer, and while it was warming up, I made myself a cup of  fair trade coffee. Next, I did a quick scan of international news. Right now the topics that I usually focus on are Syria, Iran, Lebanon, North Korea, the United Nations, Sudan, and Mali. Today, I wasn't in charge of news clips, so I just read over the headlines and quickly moved on to e-mails. I got a message that my intern partner in crime and I were going to make RSVP phone calls today.

Hey, want to know a super fast way to get over a fear of talking to people on the phone?

Make 100 calls to congressional offices and NGOs in one day. Thats what I did, and I'm over it. Yes, I used to have such a fear of talking on the phone, but not anymore. Around call nineteen, I was over it. By call 68, I was like, “What fear of talking on the phone?” By the way, there is a shortcut to dialing any house office. They all start 202-225-XXXX. Cool, right?

Well today, I didn't have to make 100 phone calls, just a few dozen.

At around 11:30 a.m., I went to a panel at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace to listen to the program and take notes for the United Nations Foundation. The subject of the panel was Iran and nuclear power. I found it very interesting, though I thought I would find the subject dry and incomprehensible. Although still found sections of the presentation incomprehensible, The speakers were very engaging and not at all dry. There were also exceedingly delicious sandwiches and cookies to eat during the presentation. Pesto turkey tomato mozzarella … nom nom nom…

At 2:30 p.m. I was back in the office, and I decided to take my lunch break, not to eat lunch, but to do a bit of language homework for Spanish and check up on my Antioch e-mail. Today I have a newsletter and a message from my academic advisor (yay!). To practice Spanish, I sometimes download documents from the UN, because they get translated into six languages, so I can read it first in Spanish, then in English to see if I missed anything.

After the lunch hour I went back to phone calls. Today was bring your kid to work day, so I tried my best to make the calls without too many giggles or screams in the background. The adorable children were way worth the few botched phone calls.

At 6:00 p.m. the day is done! I grab some dinner and head home!


P.S. I found out that my building has a rooftop garden terrace! Pretty swanky…