5 Reasons to Get Involved
with Politics in College
It’s that time again. You can’t get on social media, turn on the television, or even step outside without being bombarded with political talk right now. For many college students, this will be your very first time voting in a presidential election. Whether you’re with her or want to make America great again, it’s important to stay informed and fulfill this invaluable civic duty. But what exactly are the benefits of getting involved with politics in college?
Politics affect you.
It’s easy to feel disconnected from the bigwigs in Washington D.C., but their actions directly affect us. Our president can make big changes in various areas of our lives: from our education to our wallets to our bodies. Voting is the most obvious method to make your voice heard, but it's not the only way. By getting involved at your local level, whether it's campus organizations or community programs, you can affect change beginning at the local level. It doesn’t matter what your agenda is – it’s just important that you find ways to get involved.
Politics offer perspective.
It’s a “rule” of first dates to never talk politics, because it can lead to some heated arguments. While it’s never great to fight over it, political discussion can be educational and eye opening. It allows you to connect with a community of people that shares your vision. On the contrary, you see firsthand how passionately and intelligently others will defend their vision.
Politics teach you about your community.
If you’re heading to a new city for college, getting involved in politics is a great way to develop a sense of community in your new home. Check out political groups on campus – you don’t have to be an expert to get started. If you decide to even get involved in a political campaign, you’ll meet more people than you ever imagined through various events and fundraisers.
Politics can be a networking opportunity.
Let’s face it – in college, everything you do is an opportunity for networking. Jobs aren’t always easy to come by, and the more people you know, the better your prospects are. By getting involved in something bigger than yourself, you have the chance to meet others with the same passion and tenacity. Also, by learning more about the powers that be, you have insight into getting involved and affecting your own change.
Because now is the time.
When you’re in college, you’ll experience things that will challenge and change you. You’ll grow socially, academically, emotionally, and professionally. It’s OK if you’re unsure where you stand on the political spectrum and what causes are important to you, because college is the time to simply start figuring these things out. Getting involved in political organizations is another opportunity to learn about the world around you, connect with passionate and curious individuals, and become a more well rounded citizen.