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Childhood Memory

I have a very distinct childhood memory with my brother Seth, getting stuck under a thorn bush in the small forest behind our house. We were crawling around, pretending to be in the army when we realized we couldn’t get out from underneath the thorns. We called for my brother Aaron, and he came with an axe, to our rescue. We were screaming and laughing and enjoying the outdoors. I remember wrestling with my brother Caleb, playfully of course. Caleb would crouch on the floor and I would run up to him with all of my strength, determined to get him to the ground. Caleb would effortlessly bring me to the ground. Again, I would scream and laugh, not even realizing how out of breath I was. Hours of fun with my older brothers, entertaining ourselves without technology, without our parents direct supervision. We learned how it was important not to crawl too far under a thorn bush, and I was learning how to be tossed around without being scared. I also have distinct memory of coming home from school with my brothers, going downstairs, turning on the TV and watching cartoons. I remember how, on occasion, my brothers had me play video games with them. When we were little, we could watch the same movies over and over again and not get sick of it. I have memories of active fun, and I have memories of technology fun. As time goes on, I see each generation having less active/outdoor fun, and more technology entertainment. I had fun with technology with my siblings, but it wasn’t educational for me.... read more

Let’s Get Political

As a political science student, my peers always react similarly.  First, my choice of a notoriously demanding major perplexes them.  After all, who in her right mind opts for a sleep-deprived, high-pressure, anxiety-ridden semester full of reading, writing, seminars, exams, and – oh yeah – some more reading and writing.  I’ll admit, I had no idea what awaited me.  I can remember my first day in a class called Faith and Politics.  My professor assigned a “short” student response paper.  I thought to myself, “A short paper? That’s totally doable, only a page or two, right?”  Wrong.  It turns out a short paper in poli-sci language actually entails about 6 or 7 pages.  Of course, looking back I understand exactly why my professor labeled it that way.  It was a short paper.  Well, at least in comparison to the next ones that would double or triple that in length.  Oh, how naive I was. Please do not mistake my candor for complaint.  It’s all in good humor.  Believe it or not, I love my major.  This brings me to my next point.  Apart from the initial horror of my academic tenacity, many instantly disengage with me.  They will say, “Oh, political science? I could never do that,” or “Wow, good for you. You must be good at arguing.”  Comments like these absolutely puzzle me.  They imply that only a select few can survive in the dishonest business of politics.  Clearly, American distrust in government has translated into total cynicism and political apathy.  However, politics affect us all, whether we like it or not.  Ignorance is not bliss; it merely gives government a... read more

Why the 2016 Presidential Election Inspired Me

Emotions ran high as a wealthy businessman from Queens, New York achieved the impossible. Apart from any political or military experience, Donald J. Trump gripped the hearts of blue-collar workers nationwide, rising to become the 45th president of the United States. While some boasted of their candidate’s unexpected victory, others lamented the collapse of their cosmopolitan vision. Amidst a sea of protest, accusation, and investigation, the 2016 election left a nation divided. While members of the left and right alike express concern, my own outlook differs. With great hope I look forward to the promises of the next four years under the new president. Following Barack Obama’s two-term sweep, the need for political revitalization pressed my conscience. Already eight years deep in “progressive” policy, could another four solidify tones of “political correctness” and “tolerance”? Would we soon too reject private property, free opportunity, and boundaries among both the sexes and the nations? We could not afford to stumble. Not with crucial decisions in the Supreme Court, foreign affairs, and the US economy on the line. This was much more than a battle between two candidates. This was the battle for American identity. Moreover, we could not indulge in political apathy as neither candidate fit our idealism. We had to act – not after four years, not after the welfare state self-destructs, and not only when we can vote “with a pure conscience”. Of course, especially for us millennials, we long to champion those who wholly exemplify our values. In fact, many vote for the unknown nominee so long as he/she best represents them. But, in a typical election, only... read more

Family and Faith

Growing up my Dad traveled a lot of my childhood; however he has been the most influential figure in my life in becoming a Christian. Some of my fondest memories as a young child is when my Dad would take my sister Emily and I to the golf course to hit some golf balls at sunset after school. Little did I know at the time these after school range sessions would be responsible for my becoming a colligate athlete, create a strong relationship with my Dad and an even stronger relationship with the one true God. On the way to the course my Dad would sing songs with my sister and I in the car such as John 3:16, Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star and You are my Sunshine. My older sister would work closely with my Dad on her golf swing as I would chase the bunnies around, after we would get ice cream and proceed to sing more songs. These moments in my childhood were special because my Dad was a U.S. Marshal and traveled a lot for work, so any time I got with him was precious. Later on in my life I ended up playing golf for Mesa Community College, this I could have never done without my Dad encouraging me and never letting me quit, he then helped me find Arizona Christian University where I now play golf. He has supported me all the way through college. Without those afternoon trips to the driving range, I would have never gone on to play in the Junior Golf Association of Arizona which let me to be... read more

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