Reflections and Expectations: Let It Bern

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Let’s Get Moving! Summit, cover page of my capstone research report and feeling the Bern in Downtown Oakland.

A peaceful yet somewhat busy month, leading into a potentially bigger one ahead. Let’s look back at the month that was in the latest Reflections and Expectations.

May

Let’s Get Moving! Summit, May 7 – I volunteered for this all-day event hosted by TransForm at Microsoft’s Silicon Valley office in Mountain View. I was a note-taker for the event’s breakout sessions, which dealt with topics on how to better address Bay Area’s constantly-growing and challenging transportation and housing needs. I enjoyed myself here — both as a volunteer and an active participant of the sessions. In one session, I lead the discussion in a break-out group about alternative transportation solutions during a potential closure for Caltrain’s electrification project.

Grad school research project – Finally finished with my capstone research project for the Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI) at San Jose State University. The topic of my research project deals with social media and public engagement in transportation organizations. I decided to go with this topic as I possess past professional experience working in this area and after consulting with fellow transportation professionals who work in similar concentrations. I’m submitting the report to MTI by the end of this week, following some final rewrites and finishing touches.

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Bernie Sanders in Oakland – On Memorial Day, I went up to Downtown Oakland at the Frank Ogawa Plaza as the independent senator from Vermont hosted a rally for his presidential campaign. This was in advance of the crucial June 7 California primary election, for which I will be participating in my first presidential primary election since I moved to nearby Santa Clara County from L.A. in late 2014.

This is the first campaign rally I have ever attended and I’m glad it was a Bernie Sanders rally. Without droning on too long about my now-obvious political leanings, I find him to be a transformative figure unlike no other who connects well with and inspires millions of people across the country. His odds of winning the presidency are long but I’m fully committed to Bernie for as long as he is a candidate for President of THESE United States of America.

June

  • Relay for Life weekend – I’ll be in Mission Viejo this weekend, supporting a friend and his family as part of their annual participation in this event. I always donated money to their cause and now, I can finally join them this time.
  • MTI convocation ceremony – At least for me, it’ll be purely ceremonial since I have to return in October to finish out my 10th and final course in the program. This is the only time of the year when such an event takes place so why sit out?

How was your month? What are you looking forward to in June? Share your thoughts below. I’d love to hear from you.

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