…I had an epiphany.
When you turn 18, it’s a big deal. On facebook everyone is ecstatic that you’re technically adult, you may already be or are on your way to college/next chapter of your life, and you feel a sense of greater control of your future. But becoming an adult means assuming responsibility and one thing that is a new opportunity for leadership and global involvement when you reach that chapter is politics.
I have never felt so immersed in politics as I have in the past year. Maybe it’s because I’m 19 and this is the first election I can take part in. Maybe it’s because I worked in DC this past summer and riding the metro, reading the paper, living in that charged atmosphere made me aware.
Or maybe it’s because President Obama has visited Mason’s campus twice in this past campaign and I went to see his campaign rally.
The above video is a short clip I put together to try to best convey the amazing environment that surrounded Obama’s speech. Whether or not you support the democrats, and this video is not to indicate any sort of political bias from the school or myself, I am sharing this because to see the dedication people of all ages, races, religions, and educational backgrounds, to wait to hear the President speak…well, it showed me just how important politics are and made me wonder how I’ve managed not to realize it until now.
For each debate, the Johnson Center sets up big televisions where the debates are broadcasted for all to see. I think it’s inspiring that students are encouraged to get involved, reminded of this monumental debate in the heart of campus, and given the opportunity to learn about the ideas and arguments of both candidates.
You are given the information, or in this technological age, can find the information, you need to make a political decision. No matter who your selection for presidency is for the coming term, though, I encourage everyone to at least appreciate and potentially taste the charged atmosphere of this election because as an adult, now, the outcome truly affects you.
Have a great week and enjoy the falling, colorful leaves!