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And We’re Off

12:01 yesterday came quicker than I ever could have imagined.  There is already a facebook group, this blog, and a separate website promoting “Ross for SGA Secretary”.  Over the next week, I will be chronicoling to you my experiences on the campaign trail.  Between my speaches to various on campus organiations to, to the candidate forum, to various other things.

I have posted very little actual paper campaign literature as of so far, because weather forcasts suggest there will be rain in the coming days.

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns about my campaign or the college as a whole, please never hesitate to contact me either by phone or email.  Both are listed on this blog, on my facebook, and on my campaign website.

Oh yeah, and last but not least, Remember to Vote Kressel for SGA Secretary March 18th and 19th!

Some Humor

Well, last entry was pretty deep, so I thought it might be fun to post a little something funny, so here goes nothing.

It was either late August or early September, and me and my friend Narzahni were walking down by the market.  It was one of the first times I had been down there with anyone other than my parents.  It was nice out, with the sun starting to set.  Outside of some of the candy shops stood various candy vendors.  One offered me a sample, and I said to her trying not to be offensive,”I’m sorry, I am allergic to almonds.”  The woman replied smiling,”Sir, these are pecan clusters.”  We continued to walk faster and started cracking up….so yeah, not allergic to almonds or pecans, I am just really dumb.

There is a lot more to come in the next couple days, so I hope everyone is ready!

What is my future?

It wasn’t long ago I looked at my life and realized how great I have it.  My parents are happily married, my parents both have jobs, my little sister seems happy, and I am happily attending college and enjoying every minute of it.  As much as I would like to think that the same is true for the rest of my peers, I know it isn’t and this realization can be a bit upsetting.  What is worse?  Looking ahead at what I have to do to match the success of my family.

My family came to America before WWI from Russia on ships through Ellis Island carrying little more than the clothing on their backs.  They sacrificed for the future of my family, living uncomfortably on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, squeezed into a tiny apartment, barely making ends meet.  Today, things are different, a candy bar has at the grocery store has become a “sacrifice” when in reality, we must all remind ourselves how lucky and blessed we are.  We are living in a world that not only has advanced far past the street carts my great-great grandfather sold from.  My family rose from generations of tailors living in shetls, oppressed by the czar.  It makes me wonder what my great-grandfather Samuel Gohd would say if he saw my family.  What would he say about my father’s job, a consultant working in an industry that didn’t really exist when he was alive.

It may not seem obvious, but this all serves a purpose in my story.  I am the son of a baby boomer, making me “unlikely” to surpass the success of my father according to so many sources.  If this is true, I will be the first in my family since arriving in America to not improve the standard of living for their family, which is really a strange thing to imagine.  One day, I could be an attorney, successful living the American dream, but in reality, I wouldn’t be living my dream.  It is scary, the goal is to surpass dad, but that bar may just be too high for me.  Yet again, I won’t know until I try, so here goes nothing.

I’m new here, but I’ll give it a shot

Hey all,

So it has been a while since I have blogged much.  I remember when I used to spend half an hour each day updating my Xanga with little entries about what I have been doing for the day.  This blog should serve a little differently though, hopefully giving more insight on my life and the people in it.  It will be politics, my random debates with Dan Mackin, and anything else you can possibly imagine, so hold on for the ride and I hope you enjoy my blog!

Ross Kressel