How is it possible that it is already November?! Frankly, this terrifies me. As much as I love Thanksgiving, I have 8 paper due before then, classes to register for, and last, but definitely not least, the presidential election! Suffice it to say this might be possibly be the scariest aspect of this November.

My desire to write this post was inspired by a remark one of my professors made recently,” if you are a minority, or a woman, you better vote, because people fought to give you that right.” Can’t argue with that, but no matter who you are, if you are a citizen, you better vote.

I don’t profess to be super political, but as I do go to a small liberal arts college in the northwest, it is kind of hard not to be 😉 That said, this post is not going to be about me and my own political leanings I hate it when other people preach their own beliefs and opinions at me in an effort to change what I think, but  that being said, I really encourage everyone to vote. This is my first year voting, and I am so excited to be able to participate, yet I know that there are plenty of young adults (not to mention older adults) out there who will not vote this year.

Please please vote. Maybe you feel apathetic about the candidates, but you must have some opinions about the future of your country. Sometimes it’s a matter of the lesser of two evils, and that is ok! I mean really, who would want the job of being president? Not me, I know that much. Shouldn’t you give the candidates some credit for trying their best with what they are faced with? I think that no matter who you vote for, no matter what measures you agree or disagree with, you should at least voice your opinion respectfully.

And really, you have no excuse not to vote. You feel uninformed? Get online! Many states have online voter’s guides that will explain to you all of the candidates for everything from the President to your local mayor, and all of the measures that are up for the vote in your state. My state even has a video voter’s guide on YouTube that includes individual interviews with various candidates. You can also find the speeches from the DNC and RNC (that’s the Democratic National Convention and Republican National Convention, by the way), as well as the presidential and vice presidential debates if you missed them on tv.

Get informed. Go forth and vote!