Tonight, my fellow urban planning graduate students and I watched as America reelected its President. Today was the first time I have ever voted at an actual polling station rather than as an absentee. I am happy and proud to be an American. To have the opportunity to make a difference in my government. To have the right to a voice, whereas so many people have fought and died just to have that very right. Yes, there are many problems with the political system, and as I enter the profession of planning, I will have to deal with them on a regular basis. And yet, during times like tonight, I am so grateful that I live in a place where people can actively participate in decisions that will shape their lives. Whether it's a community meeting deciding local policy and development, or a nation deciding the leader of the free world, I am happy to have a voice.