Students Tie Vote to Future Prospects

By Rani Gupta
Boston University News Service

As students in the Boston area go to the polls, some say they’re casting their vote to ensure that their generation has a say in shaping the future, and that despite a lack of enthusiasm among students that marked the 2008 election, it’s too important to sit this one out.

Rebecca Navarro, a junior at MIT, registered to vote through the school and is planning on voting Tuesday.

“I think it’s especially important for us as students, especially me since I’m about to enter into the workforce,” said Navarro.

Image: Maddie Lutkewitte
Maddie Lutkewitte

Maddie Lutkewitte, a fourth year Northeastern student, also believes the student vote is key. “A lot of the decisions that are being made right now affect young voters and a majority of students,” she said. “Things like student loan rates are very pertinent and very important for students, obviously. And we’re deciding who’s going to change how our world is going to be run in 20 years, when we’re starting to have our own lives and grow up.”

Lutkewitte campaigned for John McCain in the last presidential election. She says the influence of family, and now, of college, has helped shape her views.

“I think when we’re younger our parents influence us a lot – that’s why I campaigned for McCain when I was in high school – and I think when you come to college you have an opportunity to learn a lot more about yourself and how you feel about certain issues.”

“We can’t let our parents’ generation and the generation before them decide how our country is going to be run,” she said.

Justin Bensan, a fourth year political science major at Northeastern, agrees. He acknowledges that some students are hesitant to vote.

“I think it’s important that students rise up and support candidates that support student loans,” he says. Hype from President Obama’s last campaign has diminished, but Bensan thinks there is still hope.

“I think in general it hasn’t been as enthusiastic, and I think one of the reasons for that is because he promised so much. I think it’s not bad to have high goals or high expectations, and just because he fell short of that doesn’t mean he’s been a bad president. I think people lose sight of that a lot.”

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