While many of his Oswego classmates settled in on campus, Tim Farnsworth '09 was getting his first lessons of the fall semester at the Republican National Convention in Minnesota.
The Washington Center's Presidential Seminar drew together students from more than 100 colleges and universities nationwide to both conventions. Farnsworth was Oswego's sole participant this year with the financial backing of the college Provost's Office.
An avid politico, Farnsworth served as chief of staff to former Student Association President Josh Miller '08. The political science and global studies double major also served as a Student Association senator his junior year.
"Politics is a lot about navigating conflict and there is just a thrill about it," said Farnsworth, a non-traditional student who hopes to work in civil service after graduation.
The Washington Center trip was an opportunity to get a true behind-the-scenes look at national politics. Farnsworth participated in leadership workshops in the days leading up to the convention kickoff Sept. 1.
During the convention, Farnsworth conversed with state delegates, national party leaders, members of the media and representatives of interest groups. Farnsworth was paired with a reporter for New York City news channel NY1 through the Washington Center program.
"The cool thing about doing it with school is that I can put what I've learned into practice," Farnsworth said. "It moves it well beyond the classroom.
"I'm going to meet so many people over the next two weeks," he said just before leaving for the Twin Cities Aug. 24.
-- Shane M. Liebler
Tim Farnsworth '09 on the convention floor in St. Paul.
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