Your Vote Is Bigger than You: What Vote that Jawn Means to Me


“The quality of the dining hall food just doesn’t match the tuition fee I’m paying,” someone just complained to me. I nodded earnestly, and we launched into a discussion about how expensive everything is. I’m certain that I could have this exact same conversation with many students here at Penn, and in colleges across the United States. But could I have the same conversation with someone who was older, and had been out of college for a couple generations? Could I have the same conversation with someone of a higher income?

That’s what’s interesting about voting: we always implore people to vote in order to actually act on their opinions. And this, certainly, is valid. But it is dangerous to tell people to vote without consideration of others, without considering those conversations that we might not have the experience to engage in. We forget that voting is about community — and that’s what Vote that Jawn tells me.