Her degree is from Boston University, where she graduated 4th in her class with a major in International Relations and a minor in Economics. While at Boston U. she interned in Ted Kennedy's office, not a position that is squandered on those that appear to have no political future. It's hard to know what was going on with her at the point she took the bartender/waitress job. Though born in the Bronx, her family moved to Yorktown Heights, an affluent, mostly white area of Westchester County when she was two years old. Prior to Ocasio-Cortez entering college, her father, a founder of the minority-owned architecture firm "Kirschenbaum & Ocasio-Roman Architects" passed away. When she completed college, she moved to the Bronx and took the bartender/waitress job, allegedly to help support her mother who was cleaning houses and driving buses. Within 5 years, in 2016, she gained notoriety as a community organizer when she led protests against allowing the Dakota Access Oil Pipeline to run through North Dakota’s Standing Rock Sioux Reservation. It was after this that Brand New Congress, a socialist political organization formed by previous members of Bernie Sanders campaign, asked Ocasio-Cortez to run for the House Representative seat that she went on to win. Is Chief correct in that the bartender/waitress job was intended to help her appeal to the commoner, having worked in a blue-collar type of position? Or was that just "good fortune" to help shape her resume as a commoner until she started the community organizer work that preceded her ascent to the US House?