This article is part of an ongoing series written by University of Delaware journalism students as they cover the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. Follow along on Twitter using the hashtag #UDatDNC.
Delaware delegate Lydia York was signing the official nominating petition to make Hillary Clinton the President of the United States when she took a few moments to chat about how the first day of the Democratic National Convention was similar to the first day of school.
Alexandra Hough: How are things going so far?
Lydia York: It’s good. We are in a hotel here filled with other folks from other delegations. I look forward to making friends. The good news is that Maryland isn’t far away.
AH: What are you most looking forward to this week?
LY: Me personally, I am most looking forward to hearing the speeches and casting our votes. The final night should be like a pep rally, so I am looking forward to that as well.
AH: Are you nervous about anything?
LY: You know, it’s [like] the anxiety of the first day of class. You don’t know where anything is, you don’t know where your seat is and you do not know how you are going to get anywhere. So I wouldn’t characterize it as an anxiety, but it’s just going somewhere for the first time and being on time.
AH: Is this your first convention?
LY: This is my first! So that is where my anxiety entirely lies.
AH: Did you watch and keep up with the RNC? How do you see this convention after watching it?
LY: I believe this will be different. I believe that in spite of our vigorous discussions, we will come out of this convention fully unified and—dare I say it—save the world.