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By Rachel Chung, Vernon Hills 

To say I was shocked and devastated at the election’s outcome would be an understatement. It has been a few weeks since the election, and although many people have already displayed their opinions and said their piece, I wanted to be calmer and less reactive when I wrote this.

This election was very important to me as it was the first time I really did my research for each candidate and the first time I’ve been so passionate about an election as well. I’ve been a liberal my entire life, and it wasn’t a surprise that I was for Hillary. Beyond the fact that my family and I are for the Democratic party, there were also many deciding factors to who I was rooting for like women’s rights, minority rights, LGBTQ+ rights, etc.

The reactions to the election were insane. So many upset people were standing up and protesting, people were just accepting the fact, and others were rejoicing. I was one of those people who were so appalled that I took to protesting and expressing my opinions very publicly. I was quick to react and criticize people for not voting, and I was also quick to express my opinions to open Trump supporters. I signed a petition on having the Electoral College vote for Hillary, and I also shared it via text and included it in my social media bios.

However, after the weeks have passed, I’ve become a bit more resigned. With final exams coming up and school taking up my stress, I’ve put this election on the back burner in my brain. It’s not as if I am any less passionate when this issue comes up, but I think I am starting to accept our fate. Trump and Pence may become our president and vice president, and I am scared and angry but also resigned and tried. Whether or not I sign a million petitions, it has come time for myself to face reality. If I cannot change who becomes our president, the least I can do is take something from this election and remember it for 2020.

As many people have said, I think the most important thing about this election would be remembering to keep compassion for others and prevent a similar pattern of events from happening in 2020. It is so important to get involved, do your research, express your opinions, and go out there and vote. There are so many groups that are being greatly affected by this election, and it is important to keep this in mind. Many people are scared for their lives, and for good reason. One of the worst things about this election is how it has allowed the “Pandora’s box” to open. Many people are expressing opinions against different groups as they feel that they now can. People are actively expressing their hate for Muslims, the LGBTQ+ community, ethnic minorities, etc. Do not let hate overcome America. It is so important to remember that we are all humans and are all the same.

In 2020, I hope for a very different outcome. I think this election has been a wake-up call for many, and it really stressed the importance of going to the polls and voting. If you don’t vote, someone else will choose for you. It is our constitutional right to vote, so make sure you use it!

Get educated and understand economic policies and ethical issues before you vote. Make “make America great again” a reality.

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