Dem Summers: Christine’s Community Craft

The Dems have been busy over the summer: interning, working, volunteering, traveling, and of course, indulging in some leisure time not oft found in Cambridge (leave it to a Harvard student to be busy spending leisure time.) This is part V of an indefinite series. If you’re a Harvard Dem (or rising pre-frosh with interest), we’d love to hear what you’ve been up to. | E-mail

Aledo, Texas: It’s everything you expect from a small-town, grain-solo-is-the-tallest-building, Sonic-loving, pick-up-driving village of 2,500. We recently had a 40 day streak of over 100 degree weather, so naturally I also spent 40 consecutive days at Wal-Mart, walking around being Texan.
It’s basically a post-apocalyptic universe where tumbleweeds roll by yellowing lawns.
But in this harsh environment I call home, there is a community newspaper — The Community News! We’re a weekly paper with Sports, Local News, and Community features, mostly focused on Aledo ISD, my Alma Mater. I had an excellent time writing articles about Cotillion, Facebook and Aledo ISD, Camp Hope, the Clothes Closet, Team Ella, Bobby Rigues, the STAAR, and everything under the sun (that didn’t set until 9:30 sometimes!)
Then, of course, I saw Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II a grand total of three times. End of an era. All in all, it was an excellent summer, and this girl is super-excited to get back to Cambridge for some cool weather, classy times, and of course, Dems. =D