Tuesday, September 4, 2012

The road (trip) to Charlotte for a UNCG senior

I wrote my column for Tuesday's newspaper and online about one of the nearly 6,000 delegates in Charlotte -- a 21-year-old senior at UNC Greensboro. Here's the beginning of it -- you can click on the link for more.

Road trip!

You may remember saying those two words in college yourself and what they implied. The enthusiasm. The craziness. The lack of planning.

Keylin Rivera, a senior at UNC Greensboro, is on a road trip. But hers is a little different than yours was. The 21-year-old from Gastonia is a delegate for North Carolina. A few months ago, she successfully campaigned in a one-day election with homemade posters and T-shirts to win a spot over “a lot of people who had been doing this longer than I’ve been alive,” as she said.

Of the close to 6,000 delegates in Charlotte for the Democratic National Convention, Rivera is undoubtedly in the running for “Most Excited.”

Bubbling with enthusiasm, she has been undeterred by little details like the fact she didn’t have a place to stay in Charlotte until a few hours before she arrived. She simply found one – a spot in an acquaintance’s apartment – with the help of Twitter.

Read more here.