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Faces of NW“I have to go to school and work so I can pay bills and do my own stuff because my parents live in Mexico. Everything is about money, and it’s a lot of pressure. I won’t go back to Mexico to live with my parents, though, because more opportunities in the United States.”

— junior Hector Zavala“I like acting because it lets me experience different characters. It’s a change from just being myself. When I’m onstage, I feel at home. I don’t feel nervous at all. It feels like I was meant to .”

— junior Tony Mauna“All I can think about is my girlfriend. We met on Tinder and met at a school carnival. We went on a lot of spinny rides and I almost threw up, but I’m so glad I didn’t because that would have been really awkward. We hung out until about 11 p.m. and we started feeling more comfortable around each other. We dated for four and a half months before I moved.”

— senior Kimberli Khamsivone“I lived in Nigeria until I was 13 and moved here. We moved to New York with my dad’s cousin for a little bit, then we moved to Pennsylvania, then we moved . When we first landed at JFK airport. It was kind of weird for me, seeing all the white people and big buildings. The next day, I had chicken from a Chinese restaurant and that’s when I fell in love with America.”

 — senior Akolade Gbadebo“My two sisters . It’s my job to protect them. I make sure that they are in a good place and get good schooling, and I make sure that they are being treated fairly. If they aren’t, I bug my parents until they put them in a better environment. I want to see them grow up to be very successful.”

— senior Royce White“I live by a quote that says, ‘If you’re not true to yourself, how can you be true to others?’ So I am really honest and open with not only myself but with others. If you’re fake to yourself, people will be attracted to the fake part of you, but if you’re honest with yourself, people will be attracted to you. I don’t live up to others’ expectations. I set my own standards.”

— junior Jordan Morris“I want to be a pediatrician. I love kids and I like helping other people feel better so it seems perfect. Right now I’m pretty sure I’m going to go to KU but I still have a few other options. I want to because I’d get to focus on kids and help them but not have to do any surgical work. I don’t mind blood but I don’t trust myself to cut someone open, try to fix them and then stitch them up. It really hit me when I started babysitting and always had kids surrounding me. I’m a kid magnet.”

-junior Ariana Brooks“My biggest goal is to just be happy. have a family, nice home and a successful job. I’d like to be a wildlife rehabilitator. I want my major to be biology and my minor to be in ecology and animal behavior. I’ve always loved animals and have wanted to do something with them, but I don’t want to be just a normal vet because I can’t handle surgeries. I can watch other people do them, but my stomach couldn’t handle it if I did them. always so sad to see animals hurt and strained and not be able to do anything about it, so I figure why not be a person who does do something about it.”

-Senior Nicole Graham“I really love band. I’m a huge band geek. I get extremely nervous and my legs shake every single time, but once I’m on stage and I’m playing, the nerves go away, especially during marching season. Marching band tournaments are very nerve-racking, but I love going to tournaments. There are so many shows and creative ways of presenting the music. I love it because you know you practiced so hard. Even if you don’t win, when you finish you hold the instrument in front of you and you’re gasping, but before you didn’t even realize you were out of breath because of how focused you were. You stand there and see the crowd cheering and clapping and it’s a really phenomenal feeling.  I love how you’re with a group. It’s not just you that did great but everyone did great and cheering for everyone. You’re not just a team, you’re a family.”

-junior Madison Stiege“I started feeling passionately about politics around the 2012 election. My parents were avid supporters of Obama, so I did my own research and formulated my own opinions about the platforms of both candidates, and it just so happened I agreed with my parents. As I’ve aged, I’ve become a lot more liberal than my parents though. I was a huge Bernie supporter, while they’ve been team Hillary since the beginning.

Being a democrat to me means that you have to care about the well-being of those who aren’t as privileged as others. I think we all have a moral obligation to protect those who aren’t as fortunate as us, whether it comes to money or social standing. I think democrats better access that moral obligation. The platform of democrats is in general, more accepting than the republican platform.

I’m obviously backing Hillary in this election. I think a lot of Trump’s ideas would get us in trouble with our allies, especially NATO, which creates a lot of flashpoints for war. I’m also very socially liberal and Hillary is much closer to that than Trump. I think Hillary beats him out on near every issue that’s important to me and I can’t really think of any reason why Trump would be  beneficial Hillary. It seems that anything Hillary has done wrong, Trump has done to the next degree. 

I feel that politics is one of the most important things to follow and be interested in. Politics controls the direction of our everyday lives and how we interact with others.” 

-Young Democrat president Julian Kuffour

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