Will McMillan: Voter Registration Class

29. October 2012 10:09

            The voter registration class was for people who hadn’t voted yet. I registered to vote. I started voting and now I get to vote in the election in November. That’s the biggest election I’ve voted in. I’ll also vote for Vice President probably as well.

            I’m in Political Science right now. It’s called “Presidential Politics in History.” For people taking history, it’s to learn about the debates that happened back in time and how competitive they can get. The competitiveness is stronger than it used to be. There are a lot of political ads that could hurt the other party. It’s all about who is the stronger leader.

            Voting is one of the most historical things. Some people support people with disabilities and some don’t. Some people aren’t familiar with people with disabilities voting. But we have a right to be a part of the community and to have our voice heard.

            Voting is definitely one of the most important things to do as an American. Your vote counts for either side. Once you vote, there is no turning back. I would tell people who hadn’t voted before to ask questions, get help, have fun, and vote for the right person. Make sure to think about why you chose him!



Ryan Pittman: Coming to Vanderbilt

22. October 2012 10:45

My father gave me a Next Steps video. And I said, “Pick me! I want to go to Next Steps.” Now I’m making food and cooking. I’m walking around and I’m really busy. I have stuff to do, getting homework done, and finishing everything for the whole week. I have to get moving in the morning so I can get ready for breakfast and go to Commons for classes and Ambassadores. I’m living on my own, and it’s a little bit hard because sometimes I get stressed. But I have Josh and Justin to help me. We are a family together. We eat dinner together, go to pizza places, have fun, and go to Best Buddies events.

I go to bible club called RUF. I also go to Fellowship Church with my parents. We’re going to Peru this Christmas on a mission trip. I also do Food Forays with the whole Next Steps group at the apartments where I live. We play sports when we’re together like basketball, tennis, football, swimming, hockey, and Frisbee.

I’m glad I came to Next Steps because I’ve met a whole lot of people. It makes me happy that somebody is there for me. 


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