Sophia Rossell Romo
Expected Graduation Year: 2017
Major(s)/ Minor(s) or Expected (major): Major: Politics and International Affairs. Minors: Anthropology and Global Trade and Commerce
Hometown: San Antonio, TX
Personal Political Philosophy
My “must read” title for college students seeking to understand something about this election: Enrique’s Journey by Sonia Nazario
My approach to or philosophy of American politics and elections: “Human rights are women’s rights, and women’s rights are human rights. Let us not forget that among those rights are the right to speak freely – and the right to be heard.” – Hillary Rodham Clinton
“There is no line in which to stand” regarding immigration policy. I don’t know who said it, but it really speaks to how broken our system is.
The four (4) people (living or deceased) I would invite to dinner for the purpose of better understanding American political life are: Hillary Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Hillary Clinton and Hillary Clinton. Okay sorry I’m kidding. Sonia Sotomayor, RBG, Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama.
Wake the Vote Experience
My most memorable Wake the Vote experience so far: Yesterday we had the opportunity to sit down with Chelsea Clinton as a cohort and hear her perspective on some very topical issues and concerns as well as more light-hearted details about life as the daughter of one past President and one future President. This was an incredible opportunity that I am so grateful to have had. I thought to myself “THIS is why I chose Wake Forest”. We are a place that considers carefully, thinks deeply and values discussion. When I made a last minute decision to attend this institution I did not know that I would get to travel the country meeting with political leaders and engaging classmates across the aisle, but I knew what Wake Forest stands for and what Wake Forest values and I wanted to be a part of it.
I am so angry. I have been for months. When I hear how Mr. Trump speaks about women or Mexicans or black people and realize that he is saying what so many people have in their hearts. When I hear or experience everyday racism or sexism. When I imagine a world like the...read more
I returned back to Wake Forest early to participate in another Pro Humanitate Institute program, not Wake the Vote this time, but SPARC. SPARC is how I began my first year at Wake and it is how I began my last year. Coming full circle and reflecting on how much has...read more
It has been a few weeks since our DNC experience but I am choosing to reflect on it all together now. At the time I was completely overwhelmed, exhausted and emotional. There is of course something to be said for things written in the moment full of all the passion...read more
We’re back! WTV is home at Mother So Dear and things are already getting busy. I spent a few hours last Friday posted up in Benson waiting for unsuspecting freshman with a clipboard and convincing spiel. That’s right, its voter reg season folks. It was...read more
I am pretty thrilled to be leaving Cleveland. It was an amazing opportunity to witness a fascinating phenomenon and I enjoyed getting to know a new city. However, the heavy police presence and number of protesters had me on edge most of the time we spent near the...read more
We are on our way to Philadelphia! After a brief stay in DC to recharge WTV is on the road again. I just realized that this may be our last long haul cross country road trip together and it almost makes me a little sad. Almost. Right before we left we had lunch with...read more
Watching Donald Trump’s 1 hour and 15 minute speech was one of the more frustrating experiences of my life. I can fully understand why President Obama would choose to forgo watching the speech and the entire RNC to, as his press secretary reported, probably watch...read more
Wearing a giant elephant on your shirt to the RNC has some pros and cons. On one hand you get approving nods from older (mostly white) passersby who are excited to see a young person of color who is presumably part of the grandest and oldest of parties. You can kind...read more
I am a little apprehensive about the RNC but very excited to be back together with the Wake the Vote crew. Our travels across the nation have been exciting, enriching and truly exposed me to new ideas and worldviews. I am confident that the RNC will be no different....read more
In early June I began my second internship of the summer at Voto Latino. VL is a non-partisan non-profit that engages Latinos and empowers them to GOTV. This mission is really close to my heart as a Latina that recognizes the importance of educating and engaging my...read more
“I’m a taxpayer and I’m paying your salary!” this statement was yelled over the phone by one very angry woman from Texas. The fact that I was actually an unpaid intern made this statement hilarious to me. I had to stifle the urge to giggle and politely let her...read more
After waking up at 8 am to cast my vote before class I spent March 15th at a local Winston-Salem high school poll monitoring for the NC primary. We were tasked with surveying voters as they exited to gather data for a study and monitoring the polling place to answer...read more