I graduated from college in 2009, just a few short months after watching the stock market crash. As if looking for a job post-graduation wasn't daunting enough, my classmates and I were about to get launched into the real world in the midst of the Great Recession.
Job searching was rough. Many of my friends were going back to grad school, incurring more student loan debt, just so they could hold-off on having to repay their loans. Others moved back home, or worked multiple part time gigs to pay rent while they searched for the jobs that they hoped their bachelor's degrees would have prepared them for.
In the three years since graduation, it's been a huge relief to know that the President is in our corner, helping graduates like my friends and I get on our feet. Working for a small nonprofit, and living in an expensive city, I have benefitted tremendously from President Obama’s tax cuts, saving over $1,600 each year, which has helped me afford my rent and bills. Because of the Affordable Care Act, many of my friends are now able to stay on their parent's insurance while attending graduate school and applying for jobs, without the fear that one accident or illness could send them into insurmountable debt.
The steps the President has taken to help strengthen the economy, make higher education affordable, and keep taxes low for middle class families and small businesses are what motivated me to get more involved this election cycle. I became a volunteer with Organizing for America about two months ago, helping out as a phone bank coordinator with my neighborhood team. As a volunteer, I feel like I'm a part of something bigger--a neighborhood, a community, whose combined efforts are greater than the sum of their parts. I’m proud of our President and excited to do everything I can during the next month to ensure that he has another four years to build a stronger economy, education system, and foundation for my friends, family, and country.