In 2000, George W. Bush won the presidential election after one of the closest races in history. His win came down to one state and a few hundred votes—proof that races for the presidency, Senate, and state legislature can come down to individual voters.
With the college-age population making up nearly 20% of the voting body for the last presidential race, it is vital to America’s future that students do their political part.
“Even one person can make a difference,” said PCC sophomore Grant Ryan (TN) about the upcoming election. “With a biblical view of the country, you’d have to believe that you’re placed somewhere for a reason specifically, and as a follower of Jesus, you’re there to make a difference.”
Many students have undertaken a patriotic initiative not only on campus but off campus as well. “I strongly believe that the decisions we make as a nation in this election will greatly affect our well-being years down the road from now,” said senior Nathan Brown (NJ). After hearing that one of the presidential candidates would be speaking at the Pensacola Bay Center, Nathan and other PCC students decided to attend the rally.
Abby Stanczak (Sr., TN), another student at the rally, said, “It was really neat to see so many people in a massive place like that all pumped up about the presidential race! As American citizens, I think we all have a responsibility to take a part in our country and show that we truly do care. Patriotism is something I feel is lacking today.”
Aside from attending political rallies and watching the 2016 presidential debates, some PCC students desire to gain a thorough understanding of government in general. For these students, participating in the Maine Senate Republicans internship program gave them the up-close experience they hoped for.
Prelaw and political science double major, Cameron West (Sr., ME) said he ran into many people during the Maine internship who tried to catch him struggling to defend his beliefs. “Most of those were very disappointed to find somebody as young as myself who had an intelligent, confident, and logical answer to their questions.”
Fellow intern and Student Body Vice-president Morgan Sanders (Sr., MO) said the Maine internship made her more aware of local politics. “Working this internship made me realize how important it is to be aware of local politics and what issues you are voting on. I have encouraged my friends to read up on local issues before going to the polls in November.”
As they prepare for the primary, PCC students plan to vote and pray that America will continue to prosper in the future. Abby believes prayer is vital. “I want to know how to specifically pray for our country; it is my duty to learn about the current events and issues.”