Here’s a civic engagement plug; my peers can vouch that I am obsessed with this issue. With the election being this week we all have to remember that as citizens we have duties that must be upheld, as Chris Berman said “As citizens we have a duty to vote”. Yes I just quoted ESPN, but as I watched Monday Night Football last night, Chris really struck me with this notion. Voting is one of many important duties we all have as citizens, but it is not the only one. We have a duty to our community; we have to remember to help our neighbors when we can. This seems to be something my generation has forgotten as we become more isolated with technology. Many associations are worried about the younger generation because we are less likely to join their causes.
There are also many important issues that we must rally around. I believe we as nation actually do a good job with rallying around issues that affect our nation. Just look at 9/11 or breast cancer. Thousands of people are always willing to donate time, money, and fashion choice for the day to help support the fight against cancer. The only problem with these issues, they often are a one-year thing. Yes, many fight these causes all year, but that is not the norm.
As students, we have duties to Ohio University, our professors, and our peers. We must remember to make our school the best learning experience in the nation and up hold the reputation of our great university. To our professors we must continue to progress academics by asking questions. They have opened the gates, but we have to continue the mission. To our peers, we have to support one another in our journey for knowledge and the passions we have. Remember to support your friends by attending their events and support your Bobcats for the work they put into their sports.
I bring up civic engagement because it’s a passion for me, as I stated before. I cannot stand when my peers say they refuse to conduct political discussions or get involved in projects that affect more than themselves. That is one aspect of the Voinovich School I appreciate. Our professors are not just professors; they work on projects that make a difference for many people. This is probably due to the fact our school focuses on leadership and public affairs. Many of my colleagues at the Voinovich School want to be career public servants, just like the person our school is named after, George Voinovich. Senator Voinovich worked his whole life to make his community, city, and state the best in the nation. He pretty much held every office, but President of the United States.
We all should take a lesson from Senator Voinovich. Civic engagement is not just something we take part in every four years. It is something that we must partake in everyday, something that we are dedicated towards. So next time you see an opportunity to give blood or volunteer. Remember that democracy is built by the people, for the people so make a difference for your fellow man.