Inside the Mind of an Apolitical College Student
College has been known as a time where young people get politically involved. We can look back at the students’ movement during the Vietnam War and Civil Rights movement during the 1960s. In more recent times, you can look at the multiple protests and walk outs on college campuses after the election of Donald Trump. College is when students traditionally begin to form their own political views and select a party. Andrew Cabrera, a sophomore at Pace, does not follow that role.
“All politics is just one big argument,” Cabrera said. “Everyone thinks they’re right. No one wants to help the other party or people that disagree with them.”
Cabrera, a registered independent, says he voted for Trump in the 2016 general election, but he did not really care who won either way. He did have thoughts on the reaction to the election outcome.
“There has been a little bit of an overreaction in my opinion. Why is America so surprised? It’s just another white guy getting elected to public office. That’s not a shocker.”
Many of the protests throughout college campuses over the past month have called for President-elect Trump to step down or change his ways. They cite claims of xenophobia, racism and misogyny for their dislike of Trump.
“I don’t understand why it is a big shock that he may be misogynist or something like that,” Cabrera said. “It isn’t like he will be the first misogynist President we had. And If you’re just now figuring out that this country might be misogynist or racist, then that’s sad.”