Before you come to DC, the expectation is that you are very aware of current events. As college students, you may not necessarily pay that close of attention to the news even if you are political engaged. Make sure you change that before the Inside Washington program. People are constantly reading and engaging in the news throughout the day, and there is a certain level of knowledge depth that is expected.
These are the recommended morning newsletters that have helped students to prepare in the past:
Students with Speaker of the House Paul Ryan