Katherine Cassidy

Personal Information

Expected Graduation Year: 2019

Major(s)/ Minor(s) or Expected (major): Politics & International Affairs and Religious Studies double major

Hometown: McLean, Virginia

Personal Political Philosophy

My “must read” title for college students seeking to understand something about this election: Democracy in America by Alexis de Toqueville

My approach to or philosophy of American politics and elections: “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” – JFK

“I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.” – Thomas Jefferson

The four (4) people (living or deceased) I would invite to dinner for the purpose of better understanding American political life are: Antonin Scalia, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Thomas Jefferson, John F. Kennedy

Wake the Vote Experience

My most memorable Wake the Vote experience so far: Definitely attending the Chris Christie and John Kasich town halls in New Hampshire. I really appreciated being in the room with a small group of local voters discussing issues that were important to their community. The town halls served as a bridge between the “big picture” of policy and the individual voter. Seeing politicians on T.V. and in the news can make individuals seem unapproachable, and the unpredictable and intimate setting of a town hall proved that everyone is still a human being, even if they appear on CSPAN more often than you binge-watch House of Cards on Netflix.

Blog Posts

We’re Just Getting Started

As the summer has wound down, and I settle back in to Mother so Dear, I have thought a lot about the amazing opportunities that I have had while at Wake Forest. Not surprisingly, many of those stand-out opportunities came from Wake the Vote. If it hadn’t been for this...

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Reflecting on Two Crazy Weeks

The Republican and Democratic National Conventions were incredible experiences that I am still reflecting on today. To say the least, those two weeks can be summed up in two words: overwhelming and confusing. In a traditional election cycle, it seems to me like the...

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Good Morning Philadelphia!!

*note* I wrote this on the bus ride to Philadelphia from Washington D.C. I have included at the bottom how I feel that my expectations differed from my actual experiences at the DNC As we drive from Cleveland to Philadelphia, I have been reflecting on my experience at...

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Incredibly Grateful

As we drive from Cleveland to Philadelphia, I have been reflecting on my experience at the Republican National Convention, and what it will mean for my experience this coming week at the Democratic National Convention. Because the “establishment” Republicans were not...

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Lost in the Big Tent

The Republican National Convention can pretty much be summed up my two words: fascinating and confusing. At times, I would walk around and see glimpses of what the convention might have been if Mr. Trump was not the nominee. People I could have an honest conversation...

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Conservatives aren’t on the fence with Pence

By far and away the best experience that I have had so far at the Republican National Convention was attending the Conservative Pit Stop. Destination: White House event with the American Conservative Union. The event featured two panels that focused on the policy and...

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Ready for a Grand Old Party

From the moment that I heard about Wake the Vote, I knew that it was something that I wanted to be a part of. In college, there are insane amounts of opportunities that I have wanted, but many have been cast aside due to a lack of time to do them all. Wake the Vote,...

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2,000+ Houses Later: What I’ve Learned

Like many of my fellow Wake the Voters, I am spending my summer campaigining. This means that I’ve gone out canvassing and knocked on doors more times than I can count, and that my perception of canvassing has changed almsot as many times. For those who are...

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A (Not So) Ordinary Day on the Campaign Trail

Tonight I had the opportunity to attend a fundraising event with my internship. In many ways, it was exactly as I would imagine a political fundraiser to be: in a beautiful home with lovely finger foods and discussion of the state of affairs. In many ways, the event...

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Rain is just Liquid Sunsine

The true purpose of the government is to serve the people; often, however, just about everything else under the sky is at some point prioritized above this higher purpose. Fortunately, I was able to see first-hand an example of when the politics are put aside in the...

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