It is a fascinating time to be following politics. A lot of people are quite passionate about their opinions. And a lot more people are active in politics than they used to be. As college students, some of you may wonder what issues you should care the most about. What are the issues that will affect your life the most? Well, let’s take a look.
Let’s start by getting the obvious one out of the way. I’ve already written a few stories about this topic for this site in the past. But to recap, out-of-control college tuition prices are paralyzing so many young people all over the U.S. Tons of post graduates constantly struggle to pay off student loans. And I think we’re getting to the point where our government needs to step in and do something to help out.
You may believe that we need to raise the minimum wage to something that people can live off of. Or maybe you believe that this will hurt the economy overall. I have my own opinions. But feel free to do some research and form your own. Here’s a few links to help you get started:
5 facts about the minimum wage via Pew Research Center
7 Facts about the Minimum Wage via U.S. Department of Labor Blog
Is It Even Worth It to Go to College?
This is another topic I’ve written about before. But if you want a quick summary, then yes, the evidence does show that getting some sort of college education is worth it in the long run. College is pretty much a requirement in order to get a good, full-time job nowadays. And the majority of college graduates say that it was worth it.
Health Care Costs
Like with the minimum wage debate, health care may be an issue for you either when you’re in college, or once you graduate. Quality health care is a necessity for everyone. If your parents are a part of your life, you can currently stay on their health insurance until you’re 26. Although, this is something that may change under President Trump. Bottom line, you’re going to need health care at some point. And a lot of people don’t have access to it. We can argue about how to fix it, but regardless, it’s still a problem worth solving.
This is a very divisive political issue. But wherever you stand, it may affect jobs you have either while you’re in college, or immediately after college. I’m currently part of a union for my post-college part-time job. There are definitely some benefits to it, like job security. But there may be some downsides as well. It’s important to do your own research on the topic like any of these issues. Click here to learn more on labor unions.