By Hannah Roberts
Distinguished Young Woman of Mississippi for 2011
With so much going on in the media surrounding the upcoming political election, I feel that young people—especially juniors and seniors in high school—should begin forming their OWN political opinions. If you are 17 or 18, it will be time to register to vote soon, and if you are voting, you should know about whom you are voting for and why you are voting for them! Many young people don’t know their own political views and will sometimes simply vote for someone based on another’s opinion (ex. Parents, teachers, etc.).
So…. It’s time to figure out your own opinions!
Step 1: Start watching the news.
I recommend watching Fox AND CNN to get both sides of the story.
Step 2: Do a little research on who is running in the election. Learn their qualifications, views, etc.
Step 3: DO ask for others’ opinions!
Just don’t base your thoughts completely off of someone else’s.
Step 4: Know that you DON’T have to be in a political party!
I have never joined one and vote in every election!
Step 5: Register to vote ahead of time for the election and GO VOTE!
Hannah Roberts is a college freshman at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi majoring in Biochemistry with a Pre-medical emphasis. Originally from Mount Olive, Mississippi, Hannah was a participant in the Distinguished Young Women program and was selected as the Distinguished Young Woman of Mississippi for 2011. Learn more about Hannah here!