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.
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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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If You've Ever Been Called Overly-Emotional Or Too Sensitive, This Is For You

Despite what they have told you, it's a gift.
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Emotional: a word used often nowadays to insult someone for their sensitivity towards a multitude of things.

If you cry happy tears, you're emotional. If you express (even if it's in a healthy way) that something is bothering you, you're sensitive. If your hormones are in a funk and you just happen to be sad one day, you're emotional AND sensitive.

Let me tell you something that goes against everything people have probably ever told you. Being emotional and being sensitive are very, very good things. It's a gift. Your ability to empathize, sympathize, and sensitize yourself to your own situation and to others' situations is a true gift that many people don't possess, therefore many people do not understand.

Never let someone's negativity toward this gift of yours get you down. We are all guilty of bashing something that is unfamiliar to us: something that is different. But take pride in knowing God granted this special gift to you because He believes you will use it to make a difference someday, somehow.

This gift of yours was meant to be utilized. It would not be a part of you if you were not meant to use it. Because of this gift, you will change someone's life someday. You might be the only person that takes a little extra time to listen to someone's struggle when the rest of the world turns their backs.

In a world where a six-figure income is a significant determinant in the career someone pursues, you might be one of the few who decides to donate your time for no income at all. You might be the first friend someone thinks to call when they get good news, simply because they know you will be happy for them. You might be an incredible mother who takes too much time to nurture and raise beautiful children who will one day change the world.

To feel everything with every single part of your being is a truly wonderful thing. You love harder. You smile bigger. You feel more. What a beautiful thing! Could you imagine being the opposite of these things? Insensitive and emotionless?? Both are unhealthy, both aren't nearly as satisfying, and neither will get you anywhere worth going in life.

Imagine how much richer your life is because you love other's so hard. It might mean more heartache, but the reward is always worth the risk. Imagine how much richer your life is because you are overly appreciative of the beauty a simple sunset brings. Imagine how much richer your life is because you can be moved to tears by the lessons of someone else's story.

Embrace every part of who you are and be just that 100%. There will be people who criticize you for the size of your heart. Feel sorry for them. There are people who are dishonest. There are people who are manipulative. There are people who are downright malicious. And the one thing people say to put you down is "you feel too much." Hmm...

Sounds like more of a compliment to me. Just sayin'.

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Who are we? Why are we proud?

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This past week, I was called a faggot by someone close to me and by note, of all ways. The shock rolled through my body like thunder across barren plains and I was stuck paralyzed in place, frozen, unlike the melting ice caps. My chest suddenly felt tight, my hearing became dim, and my mind went blank except for one all-encompassing and constant word. Finally, after having thawed, my rage bubbled forward like divine retribution and I stood poised and ready to curse the name of the offending person. My tongue lashed the air into a frenzy, and I was angry until I let myself break and weep twice. Later, I began to question not sexualities or words used to express (or disparage) them, but my own embodiment of them.

For members of the queer community, there are several unspoken and vital rules that come into play in many situations, mainly for you to not be assaulted or worse (and it's all too often worse). Make sure your movements are measured and fit within the realm of possible heterosexuality. Keep your music low and let no one hear who you listen to. Avoid every shred of anything stereotypically gay or feminine like the plague. Tell the truth without details when you can and tell half-truths with real details if you must. And above all, learn how to clear your search history. At twenty, I remember my days of teaching my puberty-stricken body the lessons I thought no one else was learning. Over time I learned the more subtle and more important lessons of what exactly gay culture is. Now a man with a head and social media accounts full of gay indicators, I find myself wondering both what it all means and more importantly, does it even matter?

To the question of whether it matters, the answer is naturally yes and no (and no, that's not my answer because I'm a Gemini). The month of June has the pleasure of being the time of year when the LGBT+ community embraces the hateful rhetoric and indulges in one of the deadly sins. Pride. Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, the figures at the head of the gay liberation movement, fought for something larger than themselves and as with the rest of the LGBT+ community, Pride is more than a parade of muscular white men dancing in their underwear. It's a time of reflection, of mourning, of celebration, of course, and most importantly, of hope. Pride is a time to look back at how far we've come and realize that there is still a far way to go.

This year marks fifty years since the Stonewall Riots and the gay liberation movement launched onto the world stage, thus making the learning and embracing of gay culture that much more important. The waves of queer people that come after the AIDS crisis has been given the task of rebuilding and redefining. The AIDS crisis was more than just that. It was Death itself stalking through the community with the help of Regan doing nothing. It was going out with friends and your circle shrinking faster than you can try or even care to replenish. Where do you go after the apocalypse? The LGBT+ community was a world shut off from access by a touch of death and now on the other side, we must weave in as much life as we can.

But we can't freeze and dwell of this forever. It matters because that's where we came from, but it doesn't matter because that's not where we are anymore. We're in a time of rebirth and spring. The LGBT+ community can forge a new identity where the AIDS crisis is not the defining feature, rather a defining feature to be immortalized, mourned, and moved on from.

And to the question of what does it all mean? Well, it means that I'm gay and that I've learned the central lesson that all queer people should learn in middle school. It's called Pride for a reason. We have to shoulder the weight of it all and still hold our head high and we should. Pride is the LGBT+ community turning lemons into lemon squares and limoncello. The lemon squares are funeral cakes meant to mourn and be a familiar reminder of what passed, but the limoncello is the extravagant and intoxicating celebration of what is to come. This year I choose to combine the two and get drunk off funeral cakes. Something tells me that those who came before would've wanted me to celebrate.

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