Education major cares About improving schools
Alexandria Lowe, 18, wore a bright orange T-shirt with the words “¡Obama!” written across it and a “Canes for Obama” pin on her shoulder.
“This shirt is so bright, especially for 7 a.m.,” Lowe said. “But I’m just all riled up and ready to vote; I had to wear it.”
Lowe didn’t seem to mind the line snaking around the St. Augustine Catholic Church polling station in Coral Gables. With a coffee cup in hand and a confident smile on her face, she gushed about her 2012 presidential candidate.
“I want to see this country continue to develop under Obama’s strong leadership,” she said. “He cares about the people of America as a president should. You want that sense of security and well-intentions in a president.”
Lowe had a personal encounter with the president that strengthened her admiration for him. She is a member of the University of Miami Young and College Democrats and received a VIP ticket to the grassroots rally for President Obama on Oct. 12 at the university. As Obama shook hands with people, Lowe thanked him for all he had done as President. He replied, she recalled, “No, thank you.” The President then gave her a kiss on the cheek.
“It was the happiest day of my life,” Lowe said.
As an education major, Lowe said she supported Obama’s efforts at reforming education through stronger teacher evaluations and sustaining charter schools. “People breeze past education as an issue,” she said. “But in the end, those kids will be the leaders in the world. And how will they get there? Good teachers and a good education.”