When Barack Obama was announced as the 44th President of the United States earlier this evening, I was there with a group of 7 students in the library link watching the election unfold. As we stood there watching the massive victory celebrations in Grant Park and the somber concession convention in Arizona on CNN, students weighed in with various comments on the fate of their candidate of choice.
"I'm happy, its a bit surreal. Its a big step towards bridging that racial gap," said Kasani Jamison, post baccalaureate, giving a first reaction to Obama's victory.
"I'm worried about my future plans and how Obama's policies will affect them," says senior Brett Wassink, a conservative disappointed about the election outcome.
As I post this, students are still gathered awaiting Obama's victory speech. Some students discussing the outcome, some doing homework, some just eagerly watching the television.