While I can only speak for myself, I’m sure I’m not alone when I say this semester has been interesting — to say the least. Me and many other students not only dealt with the standard juggle of school, work and family, but also the worsening COVID-19 pandemic and declining mental health as social and political upheaval continues to grip the nation.
“I don’t want a lot for Christmas/ There is just one thing I need,” plays over the speakers in my car as I’m driving to work. As I’m about to full-on belt and dance to this song, I wonder: is it too early to start this?
I was 14 on election night in 2016. I remember going to bed thinking I would wake up and have the next president of the United States be Hillary Clinton and that was it. I didn’t go out of my way to research and watch the news as I do now — I was 14, so my biggest concern was whether it would be Hazel or Augustus who died at the end of “The Fault In Our Stars.”
Imagine if you could rank the candidates on a ballot the way you rank your favorite movies. Ranking them in order from favorite to least favorite — knowing if your top choice doesn’t win, your vote still goes to someone you like. Well, there’s actually a voting system that does this called ranked choice voting. For the next election, Americans should try ranked-choice voting (RCV) as a new way to submit our ballots.
I got my mail-in ballot the other day and for the first time in my life, I voted in a presidential election. Bubbling my vote in like some sort of take-home test isn’t how I imagined my first federal election would be.
I was stumped coming up with something to write about this week — and as I scrolled on my phone aimlessly in the morning it hit me. With Filipino American History Month starting Oct. 1 and Hispanic Heritage Month — lasting Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 — still in full swing, I felt this piece would be the best way to kick off the celebration of my cultures.
In the last few days of International Women’s Friendship Month, I’m having difficulty understanding how one social media post is diminishing the relationship myself and many others have with Kappa Delta (KD) sorority. The sorority that gave us leadership, friendship and a better understanding of values has seemingly forgotten what it stands for in the wake of the Supreme Court nomination process.