Bronc Bursis For President?
CHARLOTTE, NC-Many college basketball players dream of one day playing professionally in the National Basketball Association.
Rider sophomore Emerson Bursis has dreamt of a far more difficult career, one that doesn't quite pay as much.
"I have always been interested in politics," said Bursis, a 6'5" forward from Scotrun, PA. "When I was little I wanted to be President in the worst way. I read all 42 presidents' biographies in the third grade."
Bursis recently attended the Democratic National Convention, working as a surrogate for his grandmother, 82-year old Ann Bursis, the State Treasurer of the Pennsylvania Democratic Party.
"She's been a delegate for over three decades," Bursis said of his grandmother. "In Charlotte the convention was spread out more than in the past and she couldn't really get around to all of the events. So I went to some meetings and speeches for her and I actually got to cast one of the delegate votes for Barack Obama."
A member of the 2012 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Academic Honor Roll, Bursis is an Economics and Finance double major who plans on attending law school upon graduation.
While in Charlotte Bursis attended an intimate reception and seeking career advice went right to the top. Well, almost the top. "I attended a reception for Beau Biden (Attorney General of Delaware and son of the Vice President) of about 30 people, and everyone there knew Joe Biden personally, except for me," Bursis said. "When the Vice President arrived he gave a short speech and came over to me and we had a nice conversation."
The experience of the convention is one Bursis will not soon forget. "The speeches were awesome," Bursis said, "especially Michelle Obama's. Being able to talk to different people, from different areas of life, getting their perspective on the speeches was a great experience."
As far as his future, Bursis is not quite sure what post-law school will hold for him. "I would love to get into politics but there is not much of a financial incentive," Bursis said. "My grandmother has had a great influence on me in that regard. I will probably start out practicing law in some capacity, possibly as an active attorney, and see where it goes."
For now, Bursis will work on his rebounding and defense, as well as his studies. The NBA may not be an obtainable goal, but in the world of politics, dreams sometimes come true.