What a time to be a New Hampshirite! I love my state for many reasons; our beaches, our mountains, and our primary election. Our country has been watching us closely, and we have been busy upholding the responsibility. I am so grateful I have been able to see these politically bustling weeks unfold literally right before my eyes.
Just a few weeks ago, I was truly in the heart of American politics, and because of all the attention on our nation’s capitol at the time, it was quite a once in a lifetime trip. I spent a few days touring the beautiful city and doing some site seeing (most of which I’ve seen a few times before, but really could never ever get tired of), and then united with other youth leaders from across the world. Representatives from every state as well as nine countries attended the LEAD Conference, a weekend full of inspiring workshops and speakers that equipped us to bring back new leadership skills to our school and community, and for me, my organization. I left the conference with some big, fresh ideas, and built some FANTASTIC professional relationships that are sure to last and continue generating real inspiration.
Since, I have been busy with incredible experiences and opportunities to take advantage of all that comes to our small state with the great honor of being the first in the nation. I have been fascinated by the intricate world of politics for a few years now, so I am very thankful to have been so involved in the nomination process this year. We may be small, but we are mighty and I think sometimes we forget just how powerful New Hampshire is in selecting our country’s presidential nominees. Since July, I’ve worked on multiple campaigns, interviewed three candidates and their representatives for newspaper articles, and been able to attend events celebrating the value of New Hampshire votes.
Saturday, I started my day at a long six hour rehearsal for the quickly approaching Miss New Hampshire’s Outstanding Teen competition, but was humbled to be able to join thousands of other passionate politic junkies at the Democratic Party McIntyre-Shaheen 100 Club Dinner. There, I listened to eight candidates speak. Regardless of which candidate we were there to support, it truly was amazing to see so many individuals join together for their shared belief: belief in hope. Everyone there was supporting hope for the country and future.
Tuesday, the day we had all been waiting for finally came. I was thrilled to have to day off from school to do just about everything except catch up on sleep. My alarm woke me up at 2 am but I have never been so excited to jump out of bed. By 4 am, I was already waiting in a long and eagar line to participate in the audience of MSNBC’S Morning Joe with Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski, Willie Geist, and of course the honorary candidate guests of the day, Pete Buttigieg and Joe Biden at the Center of New Hampshire. If you are an early bird and tuned into the show, you might have seen a familiar face once or twice! I heard some of the nation’s most respected political analysts and it was such an honor to be a part of something so vital to the entire country. One of the things that stuck out to me the most about both the show and the Democratic Party Dinner, was just how many out of state travelers visit the granite state to join us in this politically busy time. We are so lucky, and I will always remember how it feels to be on the front line of all the happenings.
After the show, my day was still far from done. I then had the amazing opportunity to truly get my voice heard, despite my inability to vote just yet. I headed to Radio Row where I got to speak and interview with broadcasters from all over the country! I also met with one of our less publicized presidential candidates, Mosie.
As the rest of the country begins to follow in our footsteps for the next couple of weeks, I will remain incredibly grateful for these amazing opportunities and the once in a lifetime experiences I gained from them.