Hello everyone. This diary probably won't be the most substantive (not like most are on Fridays, esp. while Palin is part of the news-cycle, right?) but as a newbie to the whole election thing what better place to go than here?

Anyway after keeping up with the RNC and getting a load of the big speeches and the lovely propaganda piece we were treated to yesterday, I decided that there is too much at stake and I refuse to let there be 4 more years of this crap. I've no money to donate (hard enough just getting by as a college student in today's economy) so I decided to join a student group at my school affiliated with the campaign to volunteer. Still receiving information but I believe the focus will be on voters in Indiana, like registration drives and calling voters (I go to the University of Illinois, so my state's no toss-up).

So here's where I need the help, and I admit I feel kinda lame and dorky saying it: besides the fact that I've never done anything like this, I don't think I'd be any good at it. Suffice it to say that I am not all that great in social situations (I suck at approaching or initiating anything with strangers, even in low-stress situations), but I think I have a lot I can offer if I can get over that initial barrier. I'm sure maybe part of it is somewhat psycho-somatic (I struggle because I'm pre-primed to think I'll do so) and after some practice I'll be better at it.

I guess what I want to know is if there's any tips/advice you can give me about it. If anything, maybe it'll make me see that there's less to it than my anxieties make out. But I think if anyone can tell me, you friendly folks and help =).

Sorry if I come across as a spazz. I am self-conscious about it but what would be better than working to over-come that while helping to get Obama elected? Not sure about you but as an engineering major anytime you can multi-task in the same operation is a good thing. Okay bad humor, I apologize. Seriously though, any words that can be offered are appreciated!

Originally posted to ronin122 on Fri Sep 05, 2008 at 05:07 PM PDT.

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