First impressions from Sacramento shared by PFP fellow Andrei Guceac

May, 4 2016

The first week of my Professional Fellowship experience started with a promising agenda in Washington D.C. where all the fellows had participated in the two days program orientation (26-27 of April). The fellows were welcomed warmly by U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and American Councils for International Education representatives. The orientation agenda was full of interesting activities. First of all, we introduced ourselves to the other fellows from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Ukraine, Russia, Turkey, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam etc. And then we took part in a Leadership workshop, led by the Director of Global and Custom Education, Sam Potolicchio. The workshop provided us with interactive insight into existing leadership concepts. We defined leadership, roles of leaders and significant differences pertaining to leadership understanding in public and private sectors. It was a really inspirational and helpful workshop considering that all the fellows are aspiring to become genuine leaders.


After that we had a session in different groups where we examined our professional spheres and explored existing opportunities and developments. We worked together on proposing a further way forward for these opportunities to impact our professional sphere. The session provided an opportunity for cross sectional cooperation among different professional fields.


Also, we attended a presentation regarding Public Private Partnership, led by Nathaniel Wong, Manager Social Impact Practice at Delloite, where the fellows got acquainted with a roadmap to effective partnership between public and private sectors.


An interesting fact is that from the beginning the organizers managed to promote the cross-cultural understanding. Each of us was placed in a hotel room with a same gender fellow from other country. During the workshops, we worked in teams consisting from representatives of different countries and we changed every time we received a new task. Even on our last dinner night we were placed at the tables so that we could socialize with fellows from other countries and to get to know each other better. And I must admit that they succeeded.


During the Washington D.C. program orientation we managed also to visit the city which is an outstanding one. From major landmarks and world-class museums to scenic parks and interesting historic sites, Washington D.C. is filled with an abundance of attractions for visitors. Together with other fellows from Moldova we visited the White House, Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, U.S. Capitol and the U.S. Library of Congress. We left there a lot of smiles and took with us beautiful memories.


Once arrived in my city placement Sacramento, California I and other fellows were welcomed gladly at the airport by the colleagues from our work site placement. So in May I will work at the State of California Office of Legislative Counsel.


Founded in 1913, the Office of Legislative Counsel is a nonpartisan public agency that drafts legislative proposals, prepares legal opinions, and provides other confidential legal services to the Legislature and others. The office also provides computer services, data networking, and related customer services to the Legislature.

I am very honored to be a part of the Legislative Counsel of California and very excited about my future activities.

An interesting discovery for me was to find out that Sacramento and Chișinău are sister cities. A sign at City Hall has arms pointing to Sacramento's sister cities which include also Chișinău (from 1990). The sign promotes mutually beneficial relationships between international cities.

At the same time I could not skip a very important part of the PFP. Almost every fellow is living with an American host family and I am lucky to be hosted by one. My host mom is a wonderful person, a powerful women who teaches me a lot about leadership and inspires me through each conversation.

During the weekend, thanks to my host mom, I took part in a wonderful event - the 3rd annual Elk Grove Western Festival and BBQ Championship. A lot of families and friends gathered and spent an amazing time. I was a part of the Brothers Throwdown team. They were great and the BBQ was delicious.

On the next day (Sunday) my supervisor Mr. Joe Ayala invited me to a classic car show. We found there a variety of classics from the 1920's and 30's all the way up to 1982. It was a day filled with wonderful entertainment, great food, classic cars, art exhibition showing the talents of the local people and a lot of fun.


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