I Don't Vote And Here's Why

I Don't Vote And Here's Why

If you don't like this opinion, don't read this article.

As a millennial many people assume that I don’t vote for selfish and ignorant reasons. Well to be totally honest, I’m not even registered to vote and here’s why. Living in today's society nothing is ever taken seriously. I honestly have a hard time forming an honest opinion of any of the candidates when we as a society spend more time making the debate into gifs then actually learning about the topics that are being discussed. Young people get so much of their information off of social media, and I have no shame saying I am one of those people. When I log onto twitter, and facebook and all I see is gifs and memes about the presidential election, how else am I supposed to feel? Being one of the many people who don’t vote in this generation, I just want to clear the air.

Yes, I realize voting is important and that yes, it is on us to get the reliable information. But when we are constantly surrounded by negative outlooks on this election, how else are young people supposed to feel? They are made to feel like their opinions do not matter. When young people see everyone else's opinions daily on their social media, it’s hard for them to form their own opinions. To be honest, people are worried about the young people who vote now, but I see it getting worse in the future. Whys that? Because we are becoming a society where young people begin using social media at a younger age that has never been used before. How are they ever going to take an election seriously when all they’ve ever seen about an election is the jokes that are made online?

I also don’t think schools cover politics enough and there are so many unanswered questions, especially for young people. All these young people are going to be logging into their social media accounts during elections and see the constant gifs and funny tweets. Also, all they see, especially in this election, is the constant bashing of each candidate. They spend more time degrading the each other than they do preaching the topics that need to be heard. Though I do not take the time to vote, I wish I had taken the time before to become more involved. I just think that the way social media has affected my view of politics is the reason why I have such a small interest in it. I hope in the next elections to come I will be able to vote and have an actual opinion without the constant distraction from social media and political bashing.

For all the young people who don’t think voting is important, I understand you, but your opinion does matter. Though I will not be voting in this upcoming election, I hope everyone who does is well educated on who they are voting for. So everyone, from the girl who isn’t very interested in politics, but understands the importance, get educated. Learn to understand, and realize that your opinion does, and will always matter.

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it


Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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My First College Gal Pal Road Trip Was Amazing

Every girl should have one good girls trip.


In some way or another, everybody has a list of things they want to do in their lives before it's all over. After all, we're human. There's adventure to be had in every life. One thing I have always wanted to do before I grew too old and grey was go on a road trip with my gal pals to the beach. A couple weeks ago, I achieved this memorable milestone, and it allowed me to open up to new surroundings and experiences.

On this trip, I went with two of my friends from college, Kait and Lindsey, to visit my roommate Elizabeth in Virginia Beach. This was pretty big for Lindsey and I because neither of us had been to Virginia Beach before. Thankfully Elizabeth and Kait knew their way around the city, so we never got lost on our way to and fro.

Like most vacations, my favorite parts probably took place at the beach. I'm always at utter peace stomping through mushy sand or leaning down to splash the salty water that tries to knock my short self over. We took pictures and did something us college girls rarely have time to do especially in school: Relax.

The four of us did not live up to the crazed stereotype of girl trips in movies. Although I finally got a chance to sing along to Taylor Swift in a car ride with my friends, so that's always a plus. We played "Top Golf" one day, and by some miracle, I actually won the second game by a fair amount after much humiliation in the first one. We visited some of Elizabeth's family, and I finally got to meet her giant dog Apollo (I call him 'Wolf Dog'). Everyday was another chance to ask with enthusiasm: "So what are we doing today?"

Our trip wasn't like the movies where we all cried or confessed our deepest darkest secrets. Everything the four of us shared was laughter and this calm feeling of being at home, in the chaotic peace of each other's company. We understand each other a little better due to finally seeing what we're like outside of Longwood University. After this, all I can say is that we're most definitely planning the next one!

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