As a frequent lobbyist in Washington D.C. with her bicycle-shop owning family since she was 12 years old, junior Lindy Lizenburger was determined to major in politics upon entering the University of Dallas.
Litzenburger began to take interest in politics when she watched the presidential debates between Barack Obama and John McCain during the 2008 presidential election.
“I was old enough to understand what was going on,” Litzenburger said. The debates were interesting even to her 8 year-old-self, and they inspired her to study politics.
Her family lobbies for causes on their trips to D.C. including more accessible routes for bicyclists and funding for bicycle lanes on the side of the road. The Litzenburger family brings these causes forward out of concern for the safety of bicyclists, some of which are their customers at the family’s shop, B&B Bicycles in Cedar Hill, Texas.
Litzenburger works as a bike mechanic, repairing and maintaining damaged bicycles which are brought into the shop.
Litzenburger also cares for the family’s horses as part of her responsibilities.
Her family owns and trains three horses. Besides feeding them, Litzenburger also rides the horses. She especially loves Western-style horseback riding and used to participate in competitions such as barrel racing.
Comparing the two transportation methods (bicycling and horseback riding) with which she is deeply familiar, Litzenburger admitted one method requires more focus.
“Riding a bike, you’re completely in control,” Litzenburger said. “But riding a horse, anything could go wrong.”
“Horses have a little more attitude than a bike,” she said with a grin.
Litzenburger’s top college choice in high school was Hillsdale College. During her senior year of high school, a priest who was a family friend strongly recommended applying to UD. After being rejected from Hillsdale, Lizenburger received her acceptance letter from UD.
“I’m so glad I came here,” Litzenburger said.
Of her many politics professors, two of Litzenburger’s favorites are Dr. Richard Dougherty and Dr. Tiffany Miller.
Litzenburger enjoyed the political courses taught by Dougherty including Political Regimes: Ancients, Christians and the Advent of Modernity and the Presidency. She also enjoys Miller with classes like American Political Thought and Congress.
Litzenburger stays involved in political life at UD as a member of the Tocqueville Society. She aspires to work in D.C. someday, either for a pro-life organization or for a U.S. senator in the capitol.
She hopes that her time working in the bike shop will help her to achieve her dream career in D.C.
“You kind of do everything, you have to talk to customers,” Litzenburger said. “You have to present yourself really well.”
As a commuter, Litzenburger drives herself to classes on campus in the morning and usually returns home in the evening.
On the four days she works, Litzenburger drives to the bike shop after school or on the weekend to begin her shift.
Litzenburger experienced a bit more exciting commute when she traveled to Rome in fall 2019.
“I loved getting lost by myself in cities sometimes accidentally, because it helped [me] see the place in a very different way,” Litzenburger said.
Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, Litzenburger did not have to bear intense quarantine because the family’s bike shop was an essential business. She continued to work in the shop over the summer, dealing with a huge influx of customers due to the pandemic
“We had to work nonstop,” Litzenburger said of her summer. “Everybody wanted to ride bikes because they were locked up in quarantine.”
While Litzenburger has to juggle commuting and working in the bike shop, she still advocates for further involvement at UD. Reflecting on the advice she would give to her freshman self, Litzenburger encourages current freshmen to immerse themselves in UD culture.
“Don’t blink,” Litzenburger said. “Love what you’re majoring in and what you’re learning because if you don’t have a passion for it, it’s very hard to commit.”