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Fall Fellow, Catherine D

I have been studying Spanish since 4th grade and have been fascinated with Spanish culture for most of my life. When I found out that Saint Louis University had its own campus in Madrid, I was hooked. I completed my application to the school within a week and started to find myself drifting into daydreams about sampling tapas or passing my afternoons studying in La Plaza Mayor.

I am now a sophomore at Saint Louis University studying Political Science, Social Work, and Spanish. I spent my summer working over 40 hours a week and planning weekend adventures in Europe so that I would be ready for the trip of a lifetime during the Spring 2012 semester. One summer evening, as I was checking my e-mails, I saw an application for the Fall Fellow Program with Organizing for America. Having worked on the 2008 campaign, I jumped at the chance to become a more committed volunteer and to get a true behind-the-scenes look at what goes on.

I have been a Fall Fellow in the St. Louis area for a mere two weeks. Yet when I take a break to think about the work we’re starting now, I can already feel the rumbling energy. I hear the excitement in the voices of people on the other end of my phone when I invite them to a phone bank. I see the look in student’s eyes when they register their first voter. I feel the struggles of the people we talk to who don’t have health care or have lost their job, and how badly they want to see serious change for the people of our country. There is something incredible about being a part of a movement like this.

This campaign is bigger than my roommate keeping her Pell Grant to go to school or Joe being able to defend his country openly, or Nancy being able to keep her healthcare with a pre-existing condition, or any other struggle we may face individually. For me, it’s even bigger than Spain. I have decided to postpone my semester in Spain so that I can stay on and continue to work with Organizing for America through the spring semester. The work we do through the next year not only determines who lives in the White House for the next four years, but determines the livelihoods of my neighbors, my friends, my family, and my fellow Americans. It would be foolish to turn down an opportunity to be a part of something like this. Madrid can wait. America’s future can’t.,

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