3 Reasons to Stay Informed in Politics as a College Student

We’re into our first six months with the new president, Donald Trump. You’ve probably heard a lot about the legislation being passed, or considered. You probably also had many feelings while hearing some of the news. You may have wondered if you should even care or pay attention to politics at all. Well, I am here to tell you YES, it’s so important for you to understand what’s happening in our political system; especially if you’re 18 years old or older and you voted in the presidential election.

Keep reading to find out why it is important for you to keep up with politics.

Know What’s Going On

Obviously, it’s important to know what’s going on in our country. This is even more important when your rights are being involved with legislative bills being passed. With all the unreliable sources on the internet it can be hard to keep up with politics, so as a rule of thumb, always find multiple reliable news sources to check what you may read on social media—especially Facebook.

Join the Conversation

Since summer is here and most people are back home from college, you may be in a situation with your family where they’re talking about politics. You may see something on social media one of your friends or family members posted about politics. Instead of standing silently in the corner, you will now be able to give your own opinion since you have kept up with politics diligently. You can also set facts straight if someone else is misinformed. (Disclaimer: this does not mean you should go picking political fights with your friends or family.)

What Does This Mean for You?

If you hear about legislation being discussed or passed, it’d be nice to know what it means for you as a citizen in the U.S. Keep up with politics and know what and how it affects you. Also, remember if you are unhappy about something in politics, it’s likely other people are upset too. When we stand together as citizens in America then no one can take or alter our rights! Everyone’s voice and opinions matter.

Tell us in the comments if you are active in politics and why or why not!


Victoria Costner is a first year student at East Carolina University where she is working towards getting a degree in social work. After she gets her bachelors degree in social work she will do the advanced master degree program and get her masters in social work in just one year. After college Victoria plans to go on and be a school social worker. Victoria is also passionate about helping others and trying to make a difference in the lives of those around her. Outside of class Victoria enjoys participating in hall government and spending time with her friends and family. She became a Student Ambassador so she could get the chance to help her peers succeed in their classes. Victoria is excited to be part of the Cengage family and can’t wait to put her skills to use.

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