The Summer I Found My Answer

Carli YoroPosted by Cal-in-Sacramento Fellow Carli Yoro 

“Why do you want to work in government? It’s too bureaucratic, it’s inefficient, and you could be working somewhere else for more money.” This sentiment is not a new one. I have heard this from countless family members, friends, and even teachers/mentors. My biggest issue with that question and cynical perspective is not that people always present it, it is at times I have found myself almost believing it. Almost. Although I have tentatively responded to this question before, after seeing government in action this summer, I have found my definitive answer.

Me with two of my supervisors and Cal EPA Climate Change Advisers Mark Wenzel (Left) and Ryan Radford (Right)

Me with two of my supervisors and Cal EPA Climate Change Advisers Mark Wenzel (Left) and Ryan Radford (Right)

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Also Blossoming

Carli YoroPosted by Cal-in-Sacramento Fellow Carli Yoro 

On my first day as an intern for the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA), the first thing I noticed was the eye catching sculpture in front of the building. The sculpture is made up of four giant slabs of stone arranged in a circle with a poem inscribed on the inside faces. After working with the Agency for a few weeks, it dawned on me that the sculpture was a reflection of CalEPA itself and its relationship with the California government.

Artist Beverley Pepper's stone sculpture in front of Cal EPA's headquarters.

Artist Beverley Pepper’s stone sculpture in front of Cal EPA’s headquarters.

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