Chizoba Ukairo

Personal Information

Expected Graduation Year: 2017

Major(s)/ Minor(s) or Expected (major): Psychology, Politics and Spanish

Hometown: Columbia, MD

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Personal Political Philosophy

My “must read” title for college students seeking to understand something about this election: Give Us the Ballot by Ari Berman

My approach to or philosophy of American politics and elections: “The only people bound to campaign promises are the voters.” – Christopher Hitchens

The four (4) people (living or deceased) I would invite to dinner for the purpose of better understanding American political life are: Shirley Chisholm, Barack Obama, Thurgood Marshall, and Ella Baker

Wake the Vote Experience

My most memorable Wake the Vote experience so far: My most memorable experience in Wake the Vote, aside from the literally turbulent trip to Iowa, has to be the conventions. Having the opportunity to directly compare politics from  both sides of the aisle in one of the most memorable elections seasons is hard to beat. The understanding of bipartisanship I gained from these two weeks is incomparable.

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We need more political parties

Before returning to the states for Wake the Vote travel and volunteering, I spent the first half of my summer traveling through Europe, studying abroad through Wake Forest. I enjoyed sights in Prague, Budapest, Mathausen, and Vienna – the city I spent most of my time...

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Convention Reflections

As the nation listens to Chelsea Clinton tell stories of her mother, the DNC comes to an end. The Democratic Party is about to embrace their candidate as she accepts the nomination to lead them to the White House. The conventions are now both coming to a close, and...

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The Democratic National Convention: A Breath of Fresh Air

The Democratic National Convention started out feeling like a breath of fresh air. Like the air around the Great Lakes before the industrialization era. The environment was light-hearted, jovial, with music laughter, and dancing for all to enjoy. We kicked off the...

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Expectations of the DNC

This week at the DNC, I hope to have some new experiences and some repeated ones. As an experienced convention attender (I spent a whole four days at the RNC…last week), I have a few new expectations specific to the RNC, as well as some things I hope will continue....

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RNC: Backwards Democracy

The Republican National Convention can be a painful space. Never again will I voluntarily spend four days around a space filled with so much hate, ignorance, and mediocrity. My goal for this RNC was to engage in an opportunity to challenge my views and learn more...

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Why a Democrat Can Still Flourish at the RNC

    The Republican National Convention is the last place I thought I would spend any part of my summer. But as a part of the Wake the Vote cohort, I should know that plans are fluid and can change. So, despite all personal ideologies and preferences, here I...

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Why I Vote

Recently a few of us interviewed with Ashley Jones from NBCUniversal about a potential tv show, or a following of Wake the Voters while we explore politics at the Republican National Convention and the Democratic National Convention. These two events will be firsts...

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Open Carry or Open Hate?

To be honest, I’m a bit worried to attend the Republican National Convention. In the last few weeks, I’ve grieved with many others in the over the highly publicized deaths of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling. When I saw the footage posted by Castile’s former...

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Hillary – some organization, please!

Yesterday, me a few other Wake students and staff had the privilege of seeing President Obama, Secretary Clinton, Roy Cooper, and Alma Adams take the stage and excite rally-goers with promises of progress under the incoming Clinton administration. There were flowery...

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Charleston’s Finest

For the South Carolina Primary, the schedule of events was much different than my previous two Wake the Vote adventures. After an early five a.m. departure, a small group of us made it to South Carolina around 8 this morning. I spent my morning working at Jeb Bush’s...

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Change on both sides

This year, everyone is calling for change. Not like 2008 when it was just the young Black senator from Illinois, in 2016 many presidential candidates in both parties are calling for different types of change. From pushing a political revolution to campaigning to make...

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Iowa: the land of decisions

My time in Iowa was marked by sickness. I had extreme headaches and dehydration the first day of the trip, and suffered from food poisoning during the latter half. Despite these ailments, I still got to enjoy a day on the satellite set of MSNBC, CNN, and other news...

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