Daniella Maria Feijoo

Personal Information

Expected Graduation Year: 2019

Major(s)/ Minor(s) or Expected (major): Double Major: Politics & International Affairs and Spanish. Minor: Latin American Studies

Hometown: Wauconda, IL

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Personal Political Philosophy

My “must read” title for college students seeking to understand something about this election: The Reunited States of America: How We Can Bridge the Partisan Divide by Mark Gerzon

My approach to or philosophy of American politics and elections: “Stand with anybody that stands RIGHT. Stand with him while he is right and PART with him when he goes wrong.” – Abe Lincoln

The four (4) people (living or deceased) I would invite to dinner for the purpose of better understanding American political life are: Abraham Lincoln, Eleanor Roosevelt, Sonia Sotomayor, John Lewis

Wake the Vote Experience

My most memorable Wake the Vote experience so far: One of my most memorable Wake the Vote experiences was meeting Senator Marco Rubio at his campaign headquarters in Columbia, South Carolina on February 20! I shook his hand, introduced myself and the Wake The Vote program, and handed him a WTV t-shirt. We took pictures with the Senator and told him that we have been traveling around the country following the election. He was genuinely happy to hear about the program. That day, four students including myself from Wake The Vote phone banked from 10 am until 6 pm, reminding South Carolinians to come out to the polls to support Mr. Rubio. Two hours in, South Carolina governor Nikki Haley visited and took the time to talk to each volunteer in the Rubio office. The most amazing part of this experience of working on Rubio’s campaign was observing and participating in the enthusiasm and excitement that motivated Rubio supporters. Young college students from all over the country were present that day. They gave me information about how to start a Students for Rubio chapter at Wake Forest and we all shared our unique campaign experiences. Everyone was very hardworking and friendly. I felt like I was a part of the Rubio family because of their hospitality and because of the aesthetic of the room. We were all at small tables, working very close together and the walls of the room were covered with hand-made posters and signs that read “Rubio for President 2016” and “We are ready for A New American Century.”

Blog Posts

Intersectionality in American Politics

Reflecting on my experiences at Wake Forest University so far, and specifically my journey through Wake the Vote, I have come to the realization that as a generation, we are moving towards an inclusive, intercultural period of history. This is of course super...

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What’s so important about civic engagement?

I recently finished up my summer internships for Congressman Bob Dold’s re-election campaign and Rod Drobinski’s 62nd District Illinois State Representative campaign. After 100+ hours of making phone calls, recruiting volunteers, and collecting information...

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Women Power at the DNC

Thank you Wake the Vote for the incredible opportunity to go inside the Democratic National Convention tonight! I was inspired by the wisdom, charisma and knowledge of the women that spoke on the main stage including former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and...

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Polarized, Yet Positive

Amidst the confusion I feel about where I stand as an individual in the spectrum of liberal to conservative the exciting thing is that the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia will be full of networking opportunities and insides on topics such as racial...

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My Post-RNC Identity Crisis

Donald Trump’s dispute with Pope Francis back in February 2016 shows what kind of character the Republican Party’s nominee exhibits. Pope Francis made a comment in regards to Donald Trump’s divisive rhetoric around immigration and the importance of...

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The Future of Bipartisanship in American Politics

As Wake the Vote’s time at the Republican National Convention wraps up, I can’t help but reflect on the strange sense of hope I have for the future of bipartisanship and the role of these across-the-aisle solutions in American politics. At a time when the...

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A Crucial Period in American History and Politics

As I waited in Chicago O’Hare International Airport for my flight to Cleveland to meet the rest of the Wake the Vote cohort on July 18, I began to reflect on my previous adventures with Wake the Vote during the primary season. From Iowa, to New Hampshire, to...

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The Truth About Millennials: #collegedebate16

On June 1, I left O’Hare International Airport at 6 am and arrived in San Francisco at 8:45 am to attend the opening session of College Debate 2016 at Dominican University of California in San Rafael, California. During dinner, I met many delegates from around...

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A Front Row Seat to Putting People Before Politics

“We owe it to the American people to prevent future atrocities.” This was Illinois Congressman Bob Dold’s response to the fatal mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Dold (R) expressed that, “Thoughts and prayers are not enough. It’s time for...

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Conservative Central

On March 15, North Carolina primary day, Camry, Chizoba, and I ventured out to a polling location in Kernersville, NC. As soon as we arrived, we noticed a woman camped out just outside the “buffer zone” of the Sedge Garden polling location handing out what...

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Washington D.C.: The City of Traditions and Politicians

     February 24-25, 2016 The last time I was in Washington D.C. was for the Junior National Young Leadership Conference the summer before I entered sixth grade. Now, returning as a freshman in college, my world view has altered and I have grown my tree of knowledge....

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