Is it really April 2…already?! I feel like it was the first day of school last month, OU/TX a few weeks ago, Christmas break a few weeks ago and our crazy snow days extravaganza yesterday!

This semester has been insane. It’s had its ups and downs and my classes have been pretty tough. I’ve been busy running from this thing to that thing and being here for this meeting and there for that interview…and everything that falls in between. But I wouldn’t trade any of it for anything.

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Long time and no post! My life has been hectic lately. Here’s what’s new:

I changed my major. Well…sort of. I’m still a Microbiology major (technically), but I am no longer Pre-Med. I really started having doubts about becoming a physician my first semester of sophomore year, and it all accumulated the first week of spring semester when I just KNEW I no longer wanted to go to medical school and become a physician. So. Do I feel bad? ABSOLUTELY NOT! I actually feel very light and extremely happy. I’m enjoying everything so much more now, knowing that I’m finally going into a degree program where I know I will be more than happy in my future career.

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While it may be the holiday season, it is not quite time for the holiday cheer.  Lets be honest–holidays come every single year, but general elections don’t! Let me present the facts:

-This year we have 37 out of the 100 Senate seats up for election!

-All 435 House of Representative seats are up for election, as well!

-2/3 of young adults are registered to vote, but 3 out of 10 are NOT!

-The majority of young adults will NOT vote in the general election on November 2.

Freedom, Democracy, Justice, Equality–do these words mean anything to you?  Most likely you answered yes; therefore, you should VOTE. If you don’t vote you are letting someone decide for you, you are depending on others to make the right decision.  Additionally, if you do not vote you cannot complain about the current policies.

I should first say that I am extremely passionate about politics.  I have interned for a congressman in Norman for over a year, I spent half of my summer interning in Washington DC for the same congressman,  the last half of my summer I spent interning as a legislative correspondent for a senator in Tulsa, and to top it all off I already have been offered a position in DC for this upcoming summer!  So if that doesn’t tell you that I WILL be voting on November 2, I don’t know what will!

Voting is your civic duty.  Yes, I know I sound like a broken record, but it important and crucial.  You have a say in how the United States of America is run!  This is huge, there are people who fight to have this privilege. You have the opportunity to make a huge difference–a government run by the people for the people cannot work without the people, so VOTE!

A lot of young people say they simply don’t know enough about politics to vote.  We have this new technology called the internet, that can easily teach you about each candidate.  Simply go to google and type in the candidate’s name and you will know how they stand on major political issues!

Look people, while I secretly wish that all Democrats wouldn’t vote, my top wish is that the majority of young adults would become politically active and aware!  While I may not agree with your political beliefs, I still want you go register to vote and then to use that right to go vote!

So I will leave you with this–

1. If you are registered to vote, go here to find your polling place.

2. If you are not registered to vote, please register.

I love Cake and America!

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I have written “BLOG” on my to-do list every week since the start of my sophomore year, and this is my first post. That should be an indication of how my year is going thus far. Let me quickly catch you up on what’s been going on in my life…

I had way too much fun over summer, but still managed to land an internship with the product development department of my dad’s company. I continue to put in as many hours as possible while at school for a little extra income. More importantly, I’m making great connections that will surely help me in the future.

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“Are you kidding me?  We have 55 friends in common!  How do I not know this person?”

Maybe I should start from the beginning.  I work in accounting consulting for Deloitte in New York City, and we started a project for Bank of America in Charlotte, North Carolina.  A plus to the new project – strong Big XII representation on the project. On our team of ten or so, we have someone from Texas A&M, someone from University of Nebraska, and myself from University of Oklahoma.

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It’s time for another blog.  As I have related previously, this is my final semester as an undergraduate student at the University of Oklahoma.  I have also stated that my next step is law school.  All of my friends who are now in law school have approached studying for the LSAT and getting into law schools in different ways.  I’m going to relate to you my method.

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Hey All! I guess I should introduce myself, since that seems to be the common theme right now.

I’m Virginia Duke (majoring in Film and Video Studies– from Billings, Montana) and I am going into my senior year of college. Gah! Every time I write that or say that, I freak out just a little. I don’t think I’m ready to graduate. I mean, I’m excited about the big wide world and all, but I’m also quite comfortable and happy with the life I have here.

Anyway… One of the best things about my senior year is that I am President of the Student Film Production Club, an organization that I’ve been a part of since freshman year (when the club was just getting started). I’ve had the privilege to be a leader in the club since the beginning, working my way up to being President this year, and it has been so much fun to see the club grow.

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This is actually not the greatest blog in the world, this is just a tribute.

Since this is my first blog, it fits into the category of an introductory blog. My name is Shaun Houser. I’m six feet-two inches tall, and weigh a hundred and ninety pounds. I used to be able to two-hand dunk a basketball until I got fat and lazy. My likes are long walks on the beach, football, and Robot Unicorn Attack. My dislikes are spiders, scorpions, and carnival folk (all three terrify me). I am a super-senior philosophy major with a minor in classical culture. It’s my pre-law.

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Currently reading:  House at Riverton by Kate Morton (I’ve had this book for about two weeks and have not had enough time to complete it yet. Honestly, something’s got to give….=/ )

Currently listening to: Sad Music by Brave Brothers (this is Korean-pop. Music is universal, though. Check it out and have a listen!)

Only about two more months until my first year as a Sooner will be completed. My, my. Time does fly. It seems like only yesterday that I was starting my first day of classes. I feel accomplished and just a tad nostalgic for last semester. But it’s too early to reminisce.

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So my freshman year is almost over…WOW. How did that happen? We only have five more weeks of school left and I’m sad, weird huh? You’d think I’d be excited that summer’s almost here, but it’s crazy that my first year is almost gone. I’m happy to say I’ve had amazing teachers, made so many new friends, and was very involved on campus. I’ve never felt so happy with my life. I’m excited about my future here at OU and in general. I’ll be taking summer courses and will permanently be living in Norman in my new apartment! Life is so great here, there’s always something to do and so many new things to try, and so many new people to meet! So even though my first year is almost done with, I’m even more excited for the years to come.

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