The Life of a Candidate

Well as you all have probably figured out it is campaign week for ASWOU and campaigning for the Residence Hall Association Executive Board is also coming up. I personally was a candidate for the Vice President position on the RHA Executive Board. I can tell you first hand how hard it is to run for an elected position. Campaign week is just seven days of particular rules you have to follow in order to sell yourself to the student body in hopes that they will believe you and actually vote for you during elections week.

This process is one of the most stressful and weird things to do in a young persons life. One must thrust yourself into public places, putting posters, fliers, souvenirs, and anything that will help your name get out there. I even went so far as to create a slogan of “Got Amanda? She’s good for a healthy student body.” So I was playing off of the “Got Milk” slogan and luckily I had the opportunity of winning. Although I only won by four votes. The other candidate running for my position was only campaigning off of word of mouth and his popularity. How amazing is that? He did not have posters or facebook events or anything promoting himself and he only lost by four votes. So that is what campaign week is about. One must campaign hard and efficiently so that you have the best chance of winning. You get out there and hand out fliers with your face on it and try to promise the world to the students.

I just had the opportunity of handing out fliers on Monmouth ave. for a friend who is running for a position with ASWOU and it was one of the most awkward things of my life. I felt so awkward to the point where I couldn’t just hand out fliers but I had to ask them if they wanted a flier or not. It amazed me how many people said no and how many people said yes.

Campaigning is one of the hardest things to do and this is just a University campaign. I can not imagine campaigning for a government office or anything else. So when you see people campaigning be kind to them, it is hard to put yourself out there and face rejection of any kind. So support all of our fellow students who are out there working their butts off cause they deserve our support.

By Amanda Summers

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