Centre College students Nick Do and Nathan Shuler, both 20, plan to cast their first presidential ballots on Election Day.
Do, a junior majoring in international studies and Spanish, said he was just shy of being old enough to vote in the 2008 presidential election.
“I’m so excited,” Do said. “I’m pretty involved in the Centre Democrats and with the debate here have become especially devoted to studying the issues.”
Do, originally from Louisville, and fellow Centre Democrat Shuler, from Versailles, were also both panelists for a global live and virtual “Our Voice, Our Future” event held Thursday.
Shuler, a junior majoring in government and economics with a minor in environmental science, transferred to Centre from the University of Kentucky because the college held the 2000 vice-presidential debate.
“Once was awesome enough, and I didn’t expect Centre to host a vice-presidential debate again,” Shuler said. “Even if I had known, I never would have imagined becoming this involved.”
Do and Shuler were hoping for an opportunity to meet current vice president Joe Biden before he leaves Danville, but as of Thursday evening that had not happened.
“Even if it doesn’t happen, seeing people peripherally makes the whole experience worth it,” Shuler said.
Shuler hopes to eventually run for state or national public office and is currently president of the Centre Environmental Association. He has not decided on an exact career path, though he is interested in opportunities with government bodies such as the U.S. Foreign Service.
“It’s hard to really explain the multiple doors being a Centre student has opened for me and others going to school here,” Shuler said.