You Are a Member of America but...

By Samantha Scinicariello on September 10, 2012

Last week marked the beginning of a new venture for me and many other students across the nation, the start of college. With that came all kinds of challenges and changes that I never could have planned for. There are a couple things that I noticed college campuses are never lacking. Lines, whether it’s snaking through the aisles of a bookstore or wrapping around the new restaurant on campus, chances are at some point you will be waiting in one. And something else that is no short supply: flyers. Whether it is being shoved in your face by someone who is way too peppy for eight in the morning, or hung obnoxiously on the wall right behind your professor you will see it. The first time you might genuinely read it, focus on what it says, but by the twentieth time the thought crosses your mind, how many organizations could there possibly be? Service organizations, sports teams, bible studies, political groups, and they all claim to be the best on campus. Because I received so many of these colorful info sheets I wondered why is it that there is so much push for everyone to get involved in something?

The answer is simple: young adults crave involvement. We need to be accomplishing something, even if that something is just playing video games with a friend. It’s as if we physically shut down if we are not active in one way or another for more than five minutes. And it is fantastic; it’s why great movements always start with youth, because we are go-getters. We do not stop and think about the repercussions; we just act. But with all our involvement in whatever group we chose there is one thing that cannot be forgotten: our involvement in this nation. This is a great time for college students in America, for many of us it is our first opportunity to vote. It is extremely important that we all participate in this because it is one of the few ways we can be heard. But that is only part of our involvement.

I hear my fellow students complain all the time about the shape this nation is in and how the government is failing to do its job. But the truth is we are a part of this country, a big part and we cannot just sit here and expect the government to fix everything. Change begins with people, not with the government. As I said before, voting is important but it’s like applying to an organization. You can apply and get accepted but if you don’t go to the meetings or the events are you really a member? It was once said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world”. If you really want to fix America fix yourself, help that person who lost their job. When the government fails, we should be there to be our brother’s keeper.

So pretty much everything about me can be summed up as follows: I try to live life to the fullest. I love to run, to read, to write, to watch the news, and to pray. Anything that causes me to think outside the box or to puch myself further I like. I am quiet person but I am always tuned in.

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