Thursday, October 16, 2008

19 Days Left of Politicking

I can hardly believe there is only 19 days left until the election! I am both excited and terrified. Excited, because there is a lot of hope in both campaigns for change and a better America. Terrified, because I don't know what to believe. I'm completely torn in this election. Does that make me wishy washy? Does that make me unassertive in my decisions and choices? I can see how some people might see it that way, but I think that I'm just doing the best I can in trying to make the right decision for me. What turns me off most to John McCain is Sarah Palin. What a joke. It really shows me how dumb and uninformed some American's are when I see people raving about how wonderful she is. What has she really done? Well, we know she knows her boarders. Alaska is close to Russia. Wow, really? Thanks for the geography lesson. I'm disappointed in women for Palin too. Yes, it would be nice to see a woman in power in America... Vice President or President... but not just ANY woman. We need someone who doesn't have a federal investigation over her head. Someone who knows about international politics. She's only been known of for a month or so and she's already controversial. I just don't know if I can get past the fact she could very well become our next president. It's scary. As for Obama, he was my choice from the start. I volunteered at his first rally in Columbia with Oprah. It was really inspirational and I got to see the passion in the people who believe in him. At the same time, I am weary about some of his politics. I wonder if he's truthful when he speaks or if it's being said because it sounds good.

So, who do I choose? A campaign that promises change and hope, and aligns with my values socially, but not sure if I trust in. Or the man I trust, respect and has a lot of military and political experience, but don't agree fully with the issues and really disagree with the VP nominee. It's something I have to think about in these 19 days. A lot to take in. Our future is on the line.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

The Beginning

OK, so with the advice of fellow students and many professors, I'm starting a blog. Will they see it? Who knows. I'm thinking that this will give me a chance to talk and start some discussions. This is going to be a pretty broad blog, consisting of my own life experiences, journalism, politics, health, sports... to name a few. To give a little info on myself if anyone was wondering, I'm Cheryl, a 22-year-old fifth year journalism major at the University of South Carolina. I'm going to be starting nursing school next fall. Yes, after I get my B.A. in Journalism, I'm going to move on to something I think is more of my calling... and that's nursing. So, I will definitely be posting a lot on health issues on here. Journalism is still something I respect and love, but it is not something I think I would do my best at. Nursing is something I think will be both challenging and emotionally rewarding. It also pays better (hehe).

I'll be in senior semester at my school next year, which is a grueling (from what I've heard) semester working for the School of Journalism's newspaper The Carolina Reporter. Each couple of weeks each person will hold a different position in the newsroom, and I hear rumors that my senior semester class will be the first in the print field to even have some broadcasting involved. I'm sure I'll be writing a lot on that subject as well, as I go through the day to day of what it feels like to be a real journalist.

I'm also new to blogging. I'm used to old fashioned journaling, but this is different, so I will do my best to see what I can talk about! Wish me luck!