A few weeks ago, I attended Knauss Placement Week in Washington D.C. During this week, all the 2018 Knauss Fellowship Finalists interview with potential host offices, to eventually be placed in one for their upcoming fellowship year. For the first time in my life, I put on a full suit, complete with a Sea Grant pin on my lapel, and plenty of butterflies in my stomach. After 18 interviews across 2.5 days, a few missed meals, and blisters from wearing high heels later, I’m thrilled to announce that I’ll be spending my Knauss Fellowship year with NOAA’s Ocean Service, National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science in the Biogeography Branch of their Marine Spatial Ecology Division! I am so excited to learn from a great group of scientists, while seeing how science is turned into policy at the federal level. Now just to wrap up my thesis, before making my way to D.C. in February!