When I graduated from high school in 2008, I knew I wasn’t even close to done with the time I needed to spend in the public schools. With books that broke in half when we opened them and “long-term” substitute teachers needing replacement every two weeks, it was painfully apparent how much improvement this system needed. I simply could not walk away and never look back. I had to find some way to ensure a better future for students like me.
It was because of a senator named Barack Obama that I would not run from high school, but instead turn around, walk back into the schools and do what I could to help students get the help they desperately need. I now have the privilege of tutoring students as part of a college-bound program in the public schools and telling them every day how important it is to go to college. However, there is still the other side of things: making sure that when they decide on a higher education, this country is there to make sure it happens for them.
The campaign in 2008 gave me true hope for change and it is why I continue to support the President. Even in the current uphill battle, the President continues to work his hardest for students at every level of education. Whether it is getting teachers back in the classroom or helping low-income students be the first in their family to go to college, I know the President will fight beside me for the future of my generation. That is why I choose to be in the campaign office every week and why I talk to everyone I meet about the importance of re-electing President Barack Obama in 2012.