If you’re a college student, you are well aware that you have very little time for yourself. Your studies can leave very little time for outside interests, and that means that staying politically active can be difficult. If you don’t have hours of time to dedicate to politics, there are ways to stay involved without neglecting your studies. Here are ten ways to stay politically active in college:
1. Register to Vote
Once you arrive on campus and things settle down, be sure to register to vote. Check with your student life office and find out where you can register.
2. Rock the Vote
The organization is always in need of volunteers. Sign up with the organization and spread the word on campus.
3. Register other to Vote
Don’t assume that the students in your dorm know where they can register to vote. Hang a flyer or spread the word; they may not register otherwise.
4. Attend a Debate
College campuses are popular stops among the political elite. If candidates will be stopping on campus, or near campus, attend the debate. Not only will you get a break from your studies, but you may learn something new.
5. Volunteer at the Polls
Why not volunteer a few hours of your time at the polls on Election Day? You’ll have a chance to meet new people while helping your local community.
6. Host a Party
No matter what your political affiliation is, host a debate watching party in your dorm. Order a few pizzas, grab a case of soda and sit back to watch the show.
7. Put on a T-shirt
If you have a favorite candidate, or a favorite position statement, wear it across your chest. You’ll be surprised at the number of people who will approach you to start a conversation.
8. Help Your Favorite Candidate
Contact your favorite candidate’s campaign office and volunteer your time. Whether they need you to make phone calls, stuff envelopes or register voters, you’ll be doing your small part to get your candidate elected.
9. Student Government
If you have some time on your hands, get involved with student government. Your school’s government can give you an insider’s look at politics and keep your fire lit.
If you’re majoring in political science, apply for an internship in Washington, D.C. Not only will you have the experience of your lifetime, but you’ll be fulfilling a college requirement as well.
No matter how busy you are in school, there are ways to stay politically involved. Don’t neglect your interests. If you’ve got as little as an hour to spare, you can make a political impact on campus.