No matter your age or when it happened, everyone can remember casting that first vote.
You remember the candidate you voted for, the feeling when you entered the voting booth for the first time, and for many, the pride in wearing the “I voted!” sticker for the rest of the day.
For many students across North Carolina, their vote this November will be their first—and they’ll be casting it for Barack Obama.
Alex, a sophomore at North Carolina State University, will be casting his vote for President Obama because President Obama is fighting for him:
“It will be my first time voting, and I can’t think of anyone I would rather cast that first vote for. President Obama is someone who I feel really cares about me, and he’s someone I’m really invested in. He’s made it so I can afford college, so I’m doing everything I can to make sure he stays in office.”
Yolanda, a freshman at NC State, also knows the importance of this election—and why college students need to make their voices heard:
“If I didn’t have Pell Grants, I wouldn’t be here at NC State right now. President Obama has made it possible for me to be at school. I’ve talked about it with my mom around the kitchen table—we’re really afraid of what would happen if Mitt Romney became president. If that happened I probably wouldn’t be able to come back to school next year cause we couldn’t afford it.”
Yolanda is already counting down until she can cast her first vote for President Obama:
“It’s going to feel absolutely amazing to cast my first vote for President Obama. I’m pretty sure I’m going to be calling my mom and be like, “Mom, I’m putting in my vote right now!” It’s going to be huge. Not only will it be my first vote ever, but it will be my first vote for someone I am truly passionate about and someone who I know is going to continue making a huge difference.”