You have heard the word ‘vote’ a preposterous amount of times over the last few weeks. I understand that. I relate. So please, simply bear with me while I keep this short and maybe a little bittersweet.
In 2019, there were 73,039,150 individuals under 18 years old in the United States.
If you don’t want to vote for yourself, vote for them. I understand if no matter who wins in November, your life won’t witness a dramatic change. I understand if you don’t care. I don’t judge you for it. All I ask, is that you care about us. Because tens of millions of children will face the consequences of your indifference.
If not for you, then for us. Define this country. We deserve at least that. We deserve American ideals, whatever they may be. We deserve to know what America stands for, once and for all.
For your children. For your friends. For your American brothers and sisters. We all have a voice. We will never be silenced in using it. But in November, our voices, as loud as they may scream and chant, won’t be heard on ballots. Yours will.
If you don’t want to vote for yourself, vote for us.
Katya Sucher was born in the United States but grew up in Moscow, and moved to Miami when she was 11. She speaks five languages and has a huge passion for traveling around the world and exploring different cultures. She attends Ransom Everglades Upper School, in Miami. At school, she loves to dance, throw discus and shot-put, is Vice-President or French Club and a member of Diversity Council. She loves writing, and she has every since she was a child. She particularly enjoys fiction, but also research papers about topics that interest her, like the Cold War, or fashion history. She loves sushi, chocolate, music, dogs and fashion. She believes that Gen Z has a voice much more powerful than any generation that preceded it, and its exposure to the ever-changing world is a tool that can help Gen Z influence society for the better.