Last year, I wrote a series of three articles chronicling my experience as a freshman legislator in the Utah State House of Representatives. This year, I have been asked to continue writing about my legislative experiences as I enter my second legislative session. Like many of life's transitions, I am beginning my sophomore year in the Legislature feeling more prepared for the session and better equipped to tackle the important issues the legislature will face.
The nearest thing I can think to compare Week One 2011 to Week One 2012 is to recall what it was like to be a college freshman vs. a college sophomore. A whole host of new and challenging experiences are presented to a college freshman: learning the campus, new classmates, professors, roommates, and expanded and more difficult curriculum just to name a few. Many of those elements apply to freshman legislators too.