Election Fever!

As today is quite possibly the single most important day in our lives, I felt it necessary to address the awesomeness that has been “Election Fever” this year, specifically at The University of Texas at Austin.  Now, some may be sick of all of the political rhetoric that has dominated our lives the past few months, and truthfully, there have been days where I’ve just wanted to shut it all out and take two deep breaths before jumping back in again. However, it all culminates tonight, and the anticipation was electric today on campus.

The UT Shuttle buses included on their moving marquee both the name of the bus, as well as a “Vote Today” call to action that made me smile.  One of my fellow bus-riders was wearing an Obama “Change We Can Believe In” shirt, and many more supporters of both sides could be spotted on my walk to class.  And, perhaps my favorite:  UT’s award-winning student newspaper, The Daily Texan, suggested snacks that students could make at their result-watching parties. Barack-olate Chip Cookies. I laughed OUT LOUD, people.

Tonight, students of every party affiliation will be spending time together in front of a television or computer screen, watching as votes are counted and the mystery of our next president is revealed. One of my journalism classes will be tweeting the results, so feel free to check in on that to get a peek inside the minds of young America (hopefully that is not too scary of a thought!)

Thank you, UT community, for being excited about this, and making it really feel like the unprecedented event that it is.

-Caitlin

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