Austin McCanless

Austin McCanless

My phone is buzzing for the third time in a single minute. As I look down on its glass screen I am greeted by that familiar little purple app icon: Brigade. It's my political polling app letting me know that one of the 376 individuals that I am following has posted another very specific opinion pertaining to the wild world of politics. "What is it this time?" I sarcastically wonder aloud. It's probably an opinion that has been posted dozens of times before, but I know I'll still view it. I'll still click either the "agree" or "disagree" button, possibly leaving a well written reason detailing my choice. After all, this is my passion. I am a young political scholar. This is the realm in which I will leave my mark upon the world (or so I hope). I find it funny that, when I casually mention my desire to enter the sphere of public service, I always get strange looks from people. Is it so hard to believe that the young man sitting in front of you could potentially be a future U.S. Senator? I mean, we have a reality television star and real estate mogul leading the Republican polls by a healthy margin, and while Donald Trump might be unfathomably wealthy, I doubt anyone saw him reaching this level of support a few months ago. So who says I won't make it to the top? All of those former presidents and congressmen had one trait in common: ambition. To exude confidence in your goals is critical to finding success in life, no matter your desires. I will rise to the top, I will do marvelous things for both my constituency and the greater world, and I will achieve my endgame with a haircut thousands of times better than Mr. Trump's. Of course, first comes college, building connections, getting my name out there...it is a long, torturous road ahead, and I have multiple contingency options already in place, but I'm willing to put in every drop of blood and sweat. The journey begins here and now.