By Jordan Oliver, Opinion Editor
October 3, 2012
With the upcoming election fast approaching, we often hear how important it is to become informed on the presidential candidates and issues at hand. As college students, now eligible to vote, we also hear how critical it is to exercise this privilege. Although I’ve always known that I would exercise my right to vote upon turning 18 years old, I’ve recently thought about the weight of this often underrated and basic right.
Many Americans—college students in particular—refrain from educating themselves on politics. News stations aren’t the first channels college kids turn to on the television, and reading the newspaper isn’t necessarily part of daily routines. I think it’s safe to say that the majority of college students are consumed in the bubbles of campus life, not giving much thought to the world beyond.
As the election of 2012 nears, it’s time for a reality check. As American citizens who are capable of voting, it is our duty to hold such a responsibility in high regards. We are so blessed to live in a country that allows us to participate in electing our government—we must do so attentively and intelligently.
Attending college in the state of North Carolina gives us all the more reason to think seriously about the ballot we will cast. North Carolina is a swing state, which means that its average voting population does not favor one particular party. If you haven’t already, register to vote in the state of North Carolina. Your daily campus concierge emails tell when and where to do so.
Think hard about your life beyond the gates of High Point University—it’s coming faster than you think. The results of this election will heavily impact your life, so don’t waste an opportunity to have a hand in your future.