We can make a difference

Lizvette Hernandez

I believe anyone can make a difference. Sadly, not other freshmen feel that way, and even if they do there’s a difference between wanting to make a change and believing it is possible.

My last year in high school went smoothly. I found my calling. I wasn’t lost like others about to break off into the “real” world. My goal was clear; I wanted to be a lawyer and be politically involved. My peers knew that, partially because I would rant about the importance of voting or intrigue my friends with my liberal biases that would lead to political disputes. I enjoyed hearing their opinions. However, what would bother me was hearing “Why do you care? Nothing’s going to change.” How can the next generation of leaders of our nation not see the impact they can make by simply showing an interest?

The night of the presidential election was like the Super Bowl for my geeky friends and me. We got together, bought pizza and wings and stared at the TV while the fate of the next four years was decided. It seems like we were the only ones in our school who cared. I cared so much I was mocked by my peers. It was bothersome–not because people took my passion for politics as a joke, but because they didn’t see the big picture.

It doesn’t matter what age you are, or where you live or how many people around don’t agree with what you believe in. We the people are the power. We have the capability to make a difference.

After the election, many people my age voiced their opinions on Trump; some said “Big deal, it’s not like he means anything he says,” others asked “When will he get impeached?” At first it was expected to blow off; they would soon go back to focusing on the latest trends like the new iPhone, shoes etc.

Nevertheless, the possibility of DACA’s removal sparked a rise of young adults speaking up for what they believe in. Millennials acknowledge their peers are being affected negatively, and they are not taking it lightly. It’s unfortunate it took the removal of DACA for people to use their voices. However, this is a turning point.  Growing up we have the mindset that if you’re not an adult, your opinion isn’t valuable. It takes time to realize when you are mature enough to make reasonable decisions. By then, most don’t recognize the value of their voice in our government. Therefore, millennials don’t feel the need to be involved. President Trump’s administration has given me hope. People of all ages and ethnicities are coming together to voice their beliefs loud and clear.

I don’t believe we should all be political activists. My interests are not everyone’s interests. However, we live in a nation powered by a government with a say in almost every aspect of our lives. It’s important to speak up, be educated, be aware and to choose candidates with the best interests in mind for everyone. It’s why during mid-term elections you should voice your input on whom you want in Congress or for president every four years.

You need to believe your choice matters. We were given the beauty of a voice and freedom that others don’t have.