By Sophie Barnes
Are politicians real people? It may be hard to believe, but these debating, campaigning, and perhaps scheming individuals were once simple students involved in sports and after school activities. They had their awkward school dances. They had their all-nighters to finish an essay (which they should have started a month ago). They also had, and still have, career goals to complete in their adult life. The question is, which one is about to achieve that aspiration? Before deciding that, take a look at these candidates and their pre-political lives.
Ted Cruz: The Prep
Ted Cruz (Jenna Watson/IndyStar)
By Sophie Barnes
Canadian born Ted Cruz became interested in public speaking at a very young age, according to bio.com. Cruz joined a program run by the Free Enterprise Institute while attending a Baptist high school. Here, the group studied the Constitution. Cruz and the others made speeches all over the state of Texas. Once it came time for graduation, Cruz was first in his class. He went on to attend Princeton University, where he became an award-winning debater. Whether he is still an award-winning debater, that’s up to you, but some could consider Ted Cruz the preppy student, having attended private schools all his life. From Princeton, he went to Harvard, one of the most prestigious schools in the country. A preppy student is basically a pupil that comes from a family with deep pockets. Further proof for his family’s wealth is through the traveling that he would have done through the Free Enterprise program. Traveling all through Texas is not cheap, and as a student, he most likely wouldn’t have been paid for his speeches and speaking engagements. Oh, and not to mention the clothing Cruz is wearing in his high school yearbook photo — plaid cuffs and collars peeking out from the sweater along with the prominently displayed class ring.
Hillary Clinton (Jessica Hill/AP)
Hillary Clinton: Teacher’s Pet
By Sophie Barnes
Hillary Clinton has always been willing to do what it takes to get her to the top. Clinton attended Wellesley College and graduated in 1969. Wellesley College is and was an all-girls college located in Massachusetts. The college’s website states that the school is known for “women who are committed to making a difference.” This might as well be her campaign slogan. While a student, she was very involved in student politics and was elected the senior class president. This would have made for a very busy Miss Hillary Rodham. After this, Clinton went on to Yale University (yet another top school in the country), where she met Bill Clinton. She graduated with honors in 1973 and she then took courses on children and medicine through the Yale Child Study Center. She also completed one year of study as a postgraduate student. Looking at it all, she was actively involved in politics in her teen years, involved in student politics, senior class president, a student at Yale University, graduated with honors at Yale University, and she is still continuing to expand her career. All of this adds up to make Hillary Clinton the overachieving student who would be disappointed with anything less than 110 percent. She will not take “no” for an answer. Only time will tell if this is the proper strategy to become the first female president in our nation’s history.
Donald Trump: The Jock
Donald Trump (File)
By Sarah Crawford
In 80s classics and early 2000s teen romcoms alike, there’s always a big, tough jock that creates conflict for the protagonist. In this election, Donald Trump is that jock. He’s well known and is often the talk of the school, or the country in this case. Trump says what he wants without giving too much thought about it and has trouble relating to people who are different than him. While he may not be beating some nerd up for dissing sports, Trump shares many other characteristics that are similar to a stereotypical high school jock. He’s loud, rich and quite egotistical. He’s even got the same blonde hair and fake tan. Much like the movie jocks, Trump’s college plans were also centered on attending an ivy league school from which he graduated in 1968 with a degree in economics. He even got one of his first jobs working for his father’s company, Elizabeth Trump & Son.
What are the odds that Trump ends up taking the prize and winning the big game, the election? Well, with all of the plot twists that accompany a good high school flick, it’s still anyone’s game.
Bernie Sanders: Cool Kid
By Sarah Crawford
Bernie Sanders (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)
He’s the guy everyone wants to be friends with. Bernie Sanders, a class A cool kid. He does things his way, defies the status quo and wins the admiration of all the young kids in the school. It’s like he’s not even trying. Even the birds love him. Sanders has always been around in the halls, but it hasn’t been until recently that all attention has turned towards him as he challenges the big guys. He’s an underdog that’s gained a lot of support as he works towards his goals. He’s not afraid to speak his mind and no matter what he does, he seems to be praised by the underclassmen.
In 1959, Sanders attended Brooklyn College and later transferred to the University of Chicago to major in Political Science. He’s quoted as saying that he was an average college student because the “classroom was boring and irrelevant.” Sanders preferred learning things from his community on his own time.
Sanders’ persona is one of no stress, a cool front and an ability to connect with people. He doesn’t try to be cool, it just happens.
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