Alex Naper (’26) is studying Public Policy at Duke University
Last Month I was able to participate in the Project Citizen orientation program. This was genuinely an incredible experience where I was able to meet great people and learn more about democracy’s role in society. Throughout the week, we were able to hear from a variety of speakers who talked to us about the different roles we could potentially play in our democracy after college.
One of the highlights of the program was the trip to D.C. This trip went beyond simply visiting the tourist attractions, as we were given access to unique places and people. One of my personal favorite experiences was the trip to the Saudi Embassy. This trip was a once and a lifetime opportunity that I will never forget. We heard directly from embassy officials and we were able to ask questions ranging from Saudi culture to Jamal Khashoggi.
Another great moment of the trip was the final night when we viewed the play American Prophet. This was the second play I had been to in my lifetime, and it was a great experience. I really enjoyed getting a deeper perspective on such an influential man in our nation’s history. Most importantly, I made incredible relationships that have continued throughout my first month of college. I have played basketball, studied, and even have an intramural football team with the people from Project Citizen. I truly feel that this experience has made my transition into college so much better.