I’ve always felt like it was a privilege to be an American citizen. We have so many blessings that are so easy to take for granted; the freedom to speak, the freedom to practice religion, and the freedom to vote are just a few of the many benefits that we have in this country. I’m so grateful to live here and I think it is important that we actively participate in our government, even if that just means being educated on the candidates and voting in elections (Are you listening California?). I’m sure you’ve heard it before; “it is a privilege, not a right” and that’s why I want to accomplish Sunny Set Goals…
#39: See the Capitol and the White House.
#40: Watch a Supreme Court session.
I wouldn’t have these goals if it wasn’t for the amazing educators that instilled a passion in me for government and political involvement. Mr. Geib’s American Experience and Mrs. Eulau’s American Government class showed me what it meant to be a proud American and what we can do give back to our country, just as JFK so famously said. I think we can find great happiness in knowing that we can wield a political impact on an individual level. Call me an eternal optimist, but I think we can significantly affect our government one letter, one vote, and one rally at a time. That’s what I have done and that’s what millions of other Americans are doing as well; and we are a better nation because of it.
With all of that political rhetoric being said (whether you love it or hate it), I am so eager to finally visit Washington D.C. for the first time this coming March for Spring Break. I want to see everything—the Lincoln memorial, the White House, and even the Ruby Red slippers in the Smithsonian. I’ll be going with my mom and I am so eager to see both the historical and modern day monuments that have built up our nation to be what it is today.
What will you do to make a difference in our country?
The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook