It's the annual Slice of Life Story Challenge!
Read other slices, join our community of writers at
It's election day at the University of Iowa. The students are deciding who will run their student government today. My oldest daughter, Lindsey, has been a key part of getting her candidates elected. When she started college, it was as a business major. Then she figured out that her passion is more about people and policy. She then changed to a double major in communications and political science. She's drawn to others who want to create positive changes for people, the environment and life in general.
This campaign has been a learning process. Lindsey has figured out what's important to her, and she inspires the people around her to stand up and speak up for what they believe in. She and the rest of her party have made solid decisions about their platform: support for students (especially mental health care), safety, diversity, inclusive initiatives, and more.
I know this campaign has been time consuming, stressful and lots of hard work. I know my daughter has grown emotionally and figured out more of her strengths. I've worked hard to keep myself from checking in with her constantly and making sure she's eating, sleeping and doing her homework (#teachermomproblem).
I couldn't be prouder of this kid. I wish her BLOC party (Better Lives on Campus) much success in their endeavors to win the election and make positive changes to the university.