Bruce G. is a senior in high school. Despite running cross-country meets, serving his community through the National Honor Society and working with the marketing association at his school, Bruce finds time to volunteer on weekends registering voters and canvassing neighborhoods in east Las Vegas. Read his story:
I’m going to college next year and I’m not sure how I’m going to pay for it. I’d like to study communications and most of the schools I’m looking at right now are across the country. I can’t borrow money from my family, so I’ll have to rely on scholarships, grants and loans.
But I don’t want to graduate from college and already owe money. It’s going to be difficult getting a job after I graduate – it’ll be even more difficult if I start my career with a mountain of debt.
That’s why President Obama’s policies to make higher education affordable are so incredibly important to me. I don’t want to see the work he’s done get reversed and have our nation go back to where we started four years ago, when I probably couldn’t have afforded to go to an out-of-state university. I want to get an education without debt hanging over my shoulders, and I feel lucky I have a president who understands that.
I also like the direction President Obama is taking our country with immigration reform. At my high school there are a lot of kids who are undocumented. It’s disheartening to see some of them give up on their studies because they feel they have no future after high school.
Since President Obama enacted his deferred action policy for undocumented youth, I’ve seen them feel a lot more excited and hopeful. The policy has made many of them more motivated to do well in school. If President Obama isn’t reelected, I worry about what will happen to them – if they’ll be deported, or if they’ll be forced to live for years in the shadows.
These are just some of the reasons I support Barack Obama. But I won’t be 18 years old by November 6th. I’m 17 right now, and it really disappoints me to know I won’t be able to vote for the candidate I’ve spent dozens of hours volunteering for since July.
So I ask you – if you’re unregistered, if you’ve moved or changed your name, please register today. After you register, commit to vote. You don’t know how much it’ll mean to someone who wishes he could cast a ballot, but can’t.