Grace Kim

Personal Information

Expected Graduation Year: 2019

Major(s)/ Minor(s) or Expected (major): Major: Sociology

Double Minor: Politics & International Affairs and Studio Art

Hometown: Seoul, South Korea, but grew up in Charlotte, NC


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: “What seems to be generosity is often only disguised ambition – which despises small interests to gain great ones.” – Francois de La Rochefoucauld

The four (4) people (living or deceased) I would invite to dinner for the purpose of better understanding American political life are : Ronald Reagan, Hillary Clinton, John Lewis, FDR

Wake the Vote Experience

My most memorable Wake the Vote experience so far: Either being stuck at the airport in Cincinnati or being able to go inside the DNC. I say the former because that was a moment of shared struggles and that is what allowed me to intimately bond with all of the members of WTV. I say the latter because the energy inside the arena was electric. The excitement and genuine hope of the people in candidate Clinton was palpable and undeniable. I very seldom feel a sense of hopeful patriotism, but in that arena I believed in the possibility of a better America.

Blog Posts

I’m Just Not Excited For This Fall

It’s a bit difficult for me to believe that politicians, individuals who claim to care about me, actually have my welfare as their best interest. I have credited Wake the Vote many times for the lessons it has taught me, the opportunities it has provided me, and...

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A Convention That Appeals to My Views?

If you can recall, my anticipation post for the RNC largely reflected how excited I was to see my fellow Wake the Voters again and not so much to experience the RNC. But this time around, it’s different. It’s time for the Democratic National Convention! There is a...

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You’re Not a Bigot, But You’ll Vote for Trump?

A vote for Trump is a vote to erase me. A vote for Trump is a vote to invalidate my experiences. A vote for Trump is a vote to completely negate my humanity. Now some say that those statements might be quite outrageous, but honestly, I am able to say those statements...

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Reunited and It (Hopefully Will) Feels So Good (?)

Wake the Vote reunion? Yes. Another encounter with Trump and his supporters? No, thank you. Two things come to mind when thinking about the Republican National Convention that is to come in a few days. Being with Wake the Vote again! When you’ve spent 2/3 of a...

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Please Think of Those Sitting Next to You

My weekend in Columbia, South Carolina for the GOP primary was, to say the least, exhausting. I was pretty stoked about the weekend in the days before, to be honest. I was excited to be going to another primary because by now I’m practically an aficionado in...

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A Cog or Plain Jane? Or Both?

   As an individual who is relatively new to politics, my time in Iowa was eye-opening. It is so easy to avoid the current events, the elections, and just everything politics—you know, if you live under a rock, which is something I did for the majority of my...

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