COLUMN: Listen to the youth

Marisa Karpes  , Columnist

Marisa Karpes, Columnist

By Marisa Karpes, Columnist

Over the course of history, youth have been dismissed when it comes to many different things. Whether it is a matter of opinion or their actions, youth have not been held to the same standards as the rest of the population. The March for Our Lives moment has especially showcased how powerful youth can be, but also how they are not fully appreciated and listened to.

Interestingly enough, this should absolutely not be the case. The future belongs to our youth, and if anyone should have a say in how it should go, it should be them. If the youth want to be taken more seriously, however, they need to put all of the effort they possibly can in the things they believe in.

I guess in a sense it is understandable that youth get shoved to the side when it comes to being on the forefront of change and activism. Older people consider themselves to have more experience in the world, therefore allowing themselves to believe that they are more knowledgeable and more qualified to determine what goes on in society.

While, yes, it is true that people who are older have been around for longer and thus have seen more and had more time to interact with the world around them. However, this should not be used to undermine the abilities of younger folks.

Even though the younger generation may lack in age and thus experience, the younger generation still has ways to educate themselves. While it might be hard to decipher what information is correct on the web, young people, nonetheless, have access to that information right at their fingertips. More and more people are also attending universities nowadays, and some are thus surpassing the education levels of their own parents.

 It is one thing to be naive, but to say that young people are not educated is just completely not the case.

It was seen through the March For Our Lives that young people are capable of absolutely extraordinary things. Their passion for the things they care about is undying, and the issues they bring up are ones that are of importance.

I think that it is safe to say that the survivors of the school shooting in Parkland know more about guns in schools than adults long out of the school systems do. Youth know more about how safe they feel in school than the authorities who do not know firsthand what that feeling is like.

And don’t get me started on the claims that millennials are killing everything. This world is a changing one, and in this crazy time, we are at the center of an evolution. While millennials may be blamed for the descent of taxis, we’ve also created the easier innovation that is Uber. While it may seem like millennials refrain from face-to-face communication, we’ve also brought up the innovation of Twitter, which allows us to connect with those all over the world. It should not be surprising how the times are changing.

The future belongs to the young not the old. We are the ones who will be deciding what happens from here on out.

Now is the best time to make people believe that. While so much progress has already been made, there is still so much more us young people can improve on.  We need to go out and vote, for if we raise our voter turnout rate we can really change the tides.  Attend events and rallies for the things that you believe in. The more we show that we care and the more of us there are, the more likely our voices will be heard together.