It is campaign season at TCU and April 14th is election day! I have never been one who enjoys competition. Never. Once, I was playing a tennis match against this little girl. She could have still been in elementary school, I don't know. But I felt so bad...I let her win. She was so cute. So sweet. So tiny. There was no way I could beat her!
I tell you this to put into perspective how much I hate competition. This is why I avoid anything like election season. I hate having to feel like I am not making everyone happy. TCU elections are especially hard for me because most of the time those who are running against each other are my friends. How are you supposed to choose between two people? When someone finds a good solution to choosing between two things, let me know!
This year was different for me though. I still had friends running against friends, but two friends partnered together and I couldn't help but support them. I am not necessarily supporting them because they are friends, but more because I know they have what it takes to do the best things possible for this university.
Ryker Thompson and Kelsey Ritchie are running on the same ticket. Ryker for student body president and Kelsey for vice president. I am confident in each of their skills because I have seen what they have done for our campus outside of the office. I can't imagine the incredible things that would happen if they were actually in these positions. So many amazing possibilities for this campus.
Kelsey wants to "Reach out" to the Fort Worth community with programs like "share a swipe" which started in May 2014.
"After doing some research once I got onto campus in the fall, I found that it didn’t really go anywhere. So I began the idea that would become the Got Campus Cash Campaign. Because of all the help and assistance from both Sodexo staff and TCU Administration, the campaign was launched in May 2014 and allowed students to swipe leftover campus cash to donate to a food bank here in Fort Worth.
Looking forward, I hope to continue to expand this initiative and encourage a collaboration with other schools to start similar programs. I would also like to implement a Share-A-Swipe program that would allow us to bring different groups of individuals from the Fort Worth community onto campus and partner with students here for a mentorship program and eat in the BLUU with them."
Ryker wants to "Reach in" with programs like away game watch parties. He actually was able to do this for the first away game last season. It would be awesome to see this happen every away game.
"Offering the same experience on Saturdays when the team is not in town only seems appropriate to continue that opportunity. Ryker helped begin a tradition of campus wide watch parties for students from all over to experience what makes this university so great.
The Minnesota football game campus screening gave hundreds of students a place to watch the first away game of the year and cheer alongside fellow Frogs"
I cannot think of two people who are more kind hearted, smart, passionate, and respectful than Ryker and Kelsey. I am simply thankful for the work they have done thus far here at TCU and the attitude they have towards everyone. There has been several times when they have made me feel valued at TCU. I know if they were in office they would do that on a much larger scale. I hope many other students get the opportunity to feel this on a much larger scale. This can only happen if they are elected.
I also have two other recommendations for when you are voting. These are who I believe would do a great job in there positions:
Sarah Neal Secrest for Class of 2018 Representative
Drew Atkins for Treasurer.
I know these two are also up for the task. They have experience and want the best for TCU. I encourage you to check out more at:
I have had the best time helping Ryker and Kelsey with social media this week!
Don't forget to vote #RykerRitchie2016 tomorrow morningTCU students.
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No matter the outcome, I am so thankful for all the leaders on this campus working to make TCU the best place in the world. We have some of the best people running, that is one thing everyone can agree on! No matter who you are voting for, if you want to continue to see growth on this campus: VOTE.
Southern and Thankful
Blessed is an understatement when it comes to my life. Each and every day I am amazed by God's steadfast love. In return, I have claimed this space to show my thanks and whatever else comes along the way. A student at Texas Christian University who loves any creative insta post, all donuts, and dress pants that make you do a double take. I pray God has a grand purpose for me and I plan to get there with a little Southern and a lot of Thanks! Join me!