Brandon Phenix   —  

There are many ways to phrase this, but I'm going with the first that came to mind. Hillary Clinton has been robbed. Numerous times, ruthlessly, and without regard. She has been robbed of countless experiences and opportunities, stripped of her humanity, and had her credibility assaulted.

In the face of all that, however, she never faltered. Comparing strong female politicians to metal is an age-old cliché at this point, but Secretary Clinton is, in fact, made of steel - strong, durable, tough. Hillary Clinton cannot be bent or molded or otherwise changed from how she wants to be, and this is what makes her so important to me. She has spent decades defending the downtrodden, the oppressed, and the otherwise marginalized - children, the LGBT community, people of color, the lower class, the working poor, and every other kind of person you could imagine.

Hillary Clinton has given America what it needs (probably not what it deserves at this point!) and for that, I'm eternally grateful. I want to be that. I want to be strong, unbreakable, passionate, and powerful. I want to mirror Hillary Clinton in my actions.

Since the (disastrous) election, I've been becoming angrier and angrier with the state of things, but hearing, "Never stop believing that fighting for what's right is worth it" in Hillary's voice gives me inspiration I know I need but didn't know where to find. I will never stop believing that fighting for what's right is worth it, and Hillary Clinton inspires me to always fight for what's right.

I call this phenomenon Clintonspiration, the feeling you get when you realize how revolutionary Hillary truly is and how much she's done for us, paired with the feeling of wanting to further her work. Thank you, Grandma Hillary, for the infinite inspiration you provide me with. Thank you for passing the baton to me and millions of others. We will fight for what's right. Always.