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June 29, 2024

Navigating Uncertainty: Reflections of a College Student Post First Trump vs. Biden Debate

By Connor T.
, 19
, from New York City, New York

As a college student caught in the whirlwind of today’s politics, the recent Trump vs. Biden debate has left me with a whirlwind of emotions and concerns about the future of our country. Like many of my peers, I tuned in hoping for clarity, but instead, I found myself grappling with more questions than answers.

The debate, which was supposed to shed light on the policies and visions of the two candidates, often devolved into a chaotic exchange of personal attacks and interruptions. It was a far cry from the thoughtful discourse I had hoped to witness, leaving me feeling disillusioned and uncertain about what lies ahead.

One of my biggest concerns as a young voter is the state of our democracy. The integrity of our elections and the ability of our leaders to govern effectively are crucial issues that directly impact my generation’s future. Watching the debate, I couldn’t help but worry about how the divisiveness and polarization we see today will shape our country moving forward.

Another issue weighing heavily on my mind is the impact of this election on issues that directly affect students like me. From the cost of education and student debt to climate change and healthcare, there are so many pressing issues that need urgent attention. Yet, amidst the chaos of the debate, it was often difficult to discern concrete plans or solutions from either candidate.

Beyond policy, the tone and conduct displayed during the debate also troubled me deeply. As a young person entering adulthood, I look to our leaders not only for policies but also for guidance and inspiration. The lack of civility and respect shown during the debate left me questioning whether our political leaders can rise above partisan bickering about unimportant things like golf (which was insane) to work towards the common good.

It’s easy to fall into a state of anxiety after the debate, as many of us have, but the debate also served as a reminder of the importance of civic engagement and informed voting. Now more than ever, it is crucial for young people to educate themselves on the issues, critically evaluate the candidates’ platforms, and make their voices heard at the ballot box.

In the days following the debate, I have engaged in discussions with fellow students, exchanged views, and sought out reliable sources to better understand the complexities of the election. While uncertainty lingers, I find solace in knowing that my peers and I are not alone in our concerns and that together, we have the power to shape the future we want to see.

Looking ahead, I am hopeful that the upcoming debates and discussions will provide more clarity and substance. As a college student navigating through these turbulent times, I am committed to staying informed, advocating for issues that matter to me, and encouraging others to do the same.

Ultimately, while the first Trump vs. Biden debate has created even more uncertainty, it also reinforced my belief in the importance of active citizenship and the resilience of our democratic process. As I continue on this journey as a student and a voter, I remain optimistic that our collective efforts can create positive change and build a brighter future for generations to come.

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