Written by Liz Hartman – Program Advisor, IBGA
Moises Balayla is a rising sophomore at Santa Fe College in Florida, pursuing majors in Economics and Political Science. Venezuela is home for Moises, but he has traveled to many places. After graduating high school, he completed a gap year in Israel where he participated in a leadership course and volunteered and worked in a kibbutz. Upon nearing completion of his freshman year, Moises’ advisor pointed him in the direction of TFAS. After being accepted to the Institute on Business and Government Affairs (IBGA), he was very excited to move to DC because of all the opportunities the city has to offer.
This summer Moises interned at Network Under 40, a company that hosts networking events around DC. His internship allowed him to work remotely and was therefore able to create his own hours. Because of this experience, he cultivated a desire to have a career where he is his own boss inspired from his supervisor and his working style.
Moises is especially excited to have had exposure to the Economics of Regulation course, and is looking forward to bringing that knowledge back to his campus this fall. When not in his economics class, he enjoyed going to the Smithsonian museums and has visited each one. He also enjoyed the guest lecture series, as well as the alumni round table where he received advice from TFAS supporters who have continued to help him while he has been in DC.
Overall, Moises had a very comprehensive summer in DC and took advantage of every opportunity that came his way. He was inspired by his TFAS experience, and said he sees the, “Whole experience as an inspiration to start learning by making mistakes now.” His mind has been opened to the diverse political opinions that TFAS offers both in and outside of the classroom. He was impressed by the caliber of people that he met from all over the country and the world. He recalled during the Capitol Hill Lecture Series featuring Rand Paul when he asked a question about Venezuela. At the conclusion of the lecture, someone from Colombia sought him out to talk with him. He felt this conversation proved that when in DC, you never know who you will meet and should always be ready for a discussion.
From attending plays and musicals at the Kennedy Center, small groups with fellow IBGA students, and networking events thorough his internship, his TFAS summer has helped shape his future plans to strive to become an entrepreneur.