Since middle school, I’ve watched C-SPAN and other news networks. Jaunty little reporter’s notebook and cheap pen in hand, I took notes from speeches of senators far away. Why would a kid from Castroville care about what they have to say? About politics? Why should any of us care?
I care because my generation stands to lose the most. Despite the misguided perception of Gen Z, born between 1997 and 2012, as a pack of apathetic, ever-vaping TikTok scrollers and shut-ins, we’re a group of people deeply concerned for a future at risk. Raised with a ubiquity to technology once unimaginable, we’re fueled by a desire to move forward, not backward.