How to get politically involved as a college student

How to get politically involved as a college student

It can be tough to think about being politically active when you have a three exams and 20 deadlines to meet each week. But it’s important for college students to keep track of what’s going on in the country and in the world so they can make an impact when it matters. Many of the major political

It can be tough to think about being politically active when you have a three exams and 20 deadlines to meet each week. But it’s important for college students to keep track of what’s going on in the country and in the world so they can make an impact when it matters. Many of the major political debates directly affect us as students, which is why it’s so necessary to use our platform.

Here’s how.

Call your governor, mayor, or anyone who’s passing ordinances and laws you aren’t into.

If you hear about something going on at a local level that you are against, tell the person who’s in charge. Political officials have phone numbers that citizens can call to voice concerns. Although it may feel like your voice isn’t being heard, if there are enough people who call, change can happen. Just to give you a quick start, here’s N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper’s contact.

Participate in rallies.

You might be surprised to hear this, but the Triangle is pretty good about having rallies and marches in the wake of an event. There are various rallies taking place to speak out against gun safety laws in Raleigh and Chapel Hill. Rallies and marches are great ways to voice your concern alongside hundreds of other people who feel the same way.

Go to public hearings.

If there is a current issue at a local level that you are concerned about, take to Facebook to see if there is a hearing about it. This is another way to express your interest and depending on the setting of the hearing, you can speak out if you disagree with what is happening. There is a hearing about offshore drilling later this month.

Organize change.

If there is a problem, take matters into your own hands. Work with other people in your community who feel the same way, get traction and make change. A great example of this is the tampon boxes that are being added to the Talley Student Union at NC State. People saw the need to distribute feminine hygiene products and rather than waiting for legislation, students started adding tampons to bathrooms for those who can’t afford them.

Being a student doesn’t mean your opinion should go unheard.

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