Why It Is Important For College Students To Vote

Why It Is Important For College Students To Vote

Three reasons why a vote from a college student is important.

It seems to be a common occurrence across many college campuses that college students think that their votes do not matter. This way of thinking is not good for future generations because if college students do not vote, who is going to represent them when it is time for the next election? Whether it be for a local election or voting for the next president, all votes matter. Below are three reasons explaining why it is important for college students to vote in the next election.

1. You may not care now, but you will later down the road.

It seems that many students do not care if they vote or not. It seems to be a common thought that when voting one is only voting for the person. In reality, though, when you vote you are voting for actions that will be taking later down the road. If there is a presidential candidate that believes interest on student loans should be decreased and he does not win the election, the candidate that wins may not even think student loans is an issue. You may think that this is not an issue now, but once you graduate and have to pay back those loans you are going to wish that you voted for that candidate who wanted to lower loan interest. Voting for a candidate that shares the same views as you increase your chances for a better life once you graduate. If you think that not voting isn't going to affect you now, think about how it might affect you in four years. As people say, if you don't vote then you don't get the right to complain.

2. Young adults/college students can be a powerful force.

If all college students voted then they would make up twenty percent of the voting population. Twenty percent is enough to sway an election. Everybody, no matter what age, has an opinion on current issues, and young adults can voice their opinions through the power of voting. No college student wants to be paying off loans well into adulthood, so if a majority of college students voted they wouldn't have to be. Presidential candidates know how powerful young adults can be, which is why they make sure to reach out to students and try to win them over. Bernie Sanders wouldn't be doing so well if it wasn't for the college students that support him. College students hold a lot of power in the way elections will go, but that is only if they vote. Recently, Sanders did not do so well in the primary because his supporters, many who are college students, did not vote. This just goes to show that students who do follow a certain candidate need to vote in order for their support to actually be carried out.

3. It is your future.

Sure this your parents' future as well, but it is mostly yours. What is decided now will affect the future of everyone, even in the next ten years? Any decision made by a president in their term has an effect, whether it be good or bad. Older Americans ages 45 and older, are the most likely to vote in an upcoming election, and they hold the highest percentage of people who will vote. It is a known fact that the older generations see the world differently than college students. Many adults think that there are things that should not be changed while the younger generations can see what will happen if nothing is changed. We are the next generation, and if you don't like the way things are being decided, then vote. The only way to get your opinions out there is to vote for that thing you have an opinion about. Go out there and help determine the future that you want to be a part of by voting.

When it comes down to it, everyone should vote. One vote can change a single outcome, and if that one vote is all it takes to make a difference in this country think about what thousands of votes can do. Voting is a right not many people get to have in this world. College students and young adults in America are lucky to live in a country where they can have a say in how the government is run whether it be at the state level or at the national level. Voting is important, so get out there and register to vote.

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Will Enough Ever Be Enough?

Yet another school shooting in America, still nothing done. We are dying.

Tuesday, March 20th, 2018: We are all heartbroken to hear about another school shooting.

At Great Mills High School in Maryland, a 17-year-old male is pronounced dead at the scene after shooting two other students and a school resource officer. Just before their first period started, at 7:55 am, Austin Rollins shot one male and one female student with a handgun before being shot by the school's resource officer. While the 16-year-old female is in critical condition, the 14-year-old male is currently stable. This is the 17th school shooting in 2018. That's 17 days out of the past 80 that parents have gone to bed with their children in body bags as a result of gun violence.

I don't care what political party you associate with, gun violence is completely out of control. I am a registered Republican and completely agree with stricter gun laws. Learn the difference between a gun ban and sales control. Concerned citizens are not trying to take away your guns, but are trying to take away the rights from those that are risks.

Could you imagine legally having to send your child to school but never coming back? You've packed their lunch, maybe with a special note, and gave them a kiss before they left for school, not knowing that it was their last. No matter where we go, we are not safe. We can't go to malls, movie theaters, schools, or even churches without having to worry if it will be our last trip. Our homes, our places of worship, and our schools are supposed to be the places where we feel safest and, instead, our children are filled with fear. Instead of focusing on the political views that divide these groups, why don't we focus on what unites us? Why don't we focus on protecting our kin?

Everyone has had an opinion on the walkouts that have been happening around the country. Everyone has had an opinion on the 17 minutes of silence for the 17 children lost in the Florida shooting. I've seen people disgusted that Nickelodeon had 17 minutes of broadcast cut because it "interrupted the only program [I] let [my] children watch".

If your child was shot at school, you wouldn't have to worry about what programs they watch, but rather where to bury them and how to afford their memorial.

I've seen people saying that it's no wonder that Millenials are dumb. They "find any excuse to cut class". Have you thought about the fact that they are genuinely worried about going to school?

Personally, I've experienced both a shooting scare at my high school and a bomb threat at my college. I shouldn't have to worry about my life ending. I'm legally forced to go to high school and get an education or I'm putting myself into a lifetime of debt to get a degree.

We are all too young to stress about gun violence. Our school years are supposed to be the times our of lives, but they're being wasted on worrying about dying every day.

Rest in peace to all of those who have lost their lives in shootings, not only this year, but always. Hopes, thoughts, and prayers go out to their loved ones. One day, we will unite and find a solution.

We need to work together and forget the labels of parties and cliques in school and look out for one another instead. There is no kind but mankind.

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The Republican Versus Democrat Stigma Needs To Slow Down

We Need To Be Individual Again

We as a society have developed an unnecessary need to place people in a specific party based on what could be a single value out of many. This is a letter for those who do not define themselves as one or the other; for those whose values range between conservative and liberal, for those who feel the unfortunate pressure of society to choose one even though your values do not fit just one.

The political parties at one point generally just meant “these are my basic beliefs, so this is the candidate I will vote for because they most closely represent them.” Party affiliation was harmless. Republicans and Democrats could get along fine, differing opinions not getting in the way of relationships and alignment. More importantly, you did not have to be part of a specific political party to be an active member of society. Your opinions and principles were yours.

Over the years following the last two election races, political parties gained a much more significant and defining meaning in our lives as individuals and as members of society. There is a newly developed stigma behind political opinions. You are almost pressured to feel one way or another about every single topic. If a majority of your values are of the conservative agenda, you must be a heart-and-all Republican. In contrast, if you are more liberal-leaning you are docked as a set Democrat. We as citizens are being labeled according to what may be a few hard-values. And dishearteningly enough, can be ridiculed for what we value. Even if you might not value everything the same as your determined party.

There exists those of us that hold values from both parties. It is possible to value women’s rights and also value a traditional marriage. It is possible to be a gun owner and also active in keeping children safe in school. You do not have to just submit to every belief of one party. You can value aspects of different parties and still be a functioning member of the American society. Do not let the looming obligation to declare yourself as strictly one or the other. You do not have to pretend you agree with everything Democratic or everything Republican; you can have your own values. And you should. Our society is messed up in the way that values are pushed on citizens. We are meant to be free individuals with our private values.

It is not fair to those of us who value different things. Not every American is a to-the-bone Democrat or Republican. It is possible to hold liberal beliefs as a conservative person. And Vice-Versa. We need to stop labeling one another as one or the other, conservative or liberal. We need to stop silencing each other because we have differing views. We need to accept not everyone is perfectly one party, and diversity exists. Open mindedness exists in Americans, despite the seemingly growing generalizations. We need to be able to agree to disagree on certain topics.
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