Five months short of turning 18, I’m regretful that I won’t be able to vote in such a pivotal U.S. presidential election. Over the past 17 months, our country has faced heartbreak, triumph, division, and an immense amount of stress. I feel lucky to be able to grow up in a country where our people are given power to share their voices. Informing myself—truly recognizing the stakes of this election and helping others to do the same—is the most I can do this year.
Last night, I attended a Hillary Clinton rally in Philadelphia, and I was joined by tens of thousands of other hopeful Americans. With a passionate speech delivered by Michelle Obama and a heartbreaking address by President Obama, the atmosphere in the crowd was heavy—but in the best way. It’s easy to be distracted by the momentous consequences of this election, but after a night surrounded by optimistic, genuine, and confident voters, I was so excited to be there, helping to make history.