Today I vote in my first presidential election and I am sincerely looking forward to it. I have been paying rapt attention to the candidates this election cycle, even taking nearly two dozen pages of notes on the three televised presidential debates. I have written several op-eds about this election in USC’s daily newspaper, the Daily Trojan, and I am incredibly happy to be expressing my opinion about who I think should be leading the United States. I am also a resident of Los Angeles County, so I am glad to be able to voice my opinion, officially, on several ballot measures and help select the representatives who will be serving the interests of my district.
I have been passionate about politics and law since early adolescence, and it is enthralling to be able to finally do some of the things that I’ve seen my relatives do for two decades. While I don’t expect that all of my choices will reflect the general consensus, I look forward to seeing how many people agree with my views. I am more excited, though, to analyze the results and the factors that made certain individuals and measures pass muster. Whoever wins the presidency, it will be historic, and I am certain that both major candidates will be leaving a substantial legacy that will influence the direction that both major parties take in the future.
In short, this is an almost indescribable time for me, and I couldn’t be happier that this election cycle will be my first presidential election.
President, Lambda Chapter
University of Southern California