As you are undoubtedly aware of by now, President Barack Obama won re-election last night. But you might not be aware that, at least according to NBC this morning, the "youth turnout" was higher this year than it was in 2008.
Frequent readers of this blog know that I am often frustrated and disheartened by the way young people -- and college students in particular -- are portrayed in the media. For this election, there was a lot of buzz that younger voters were disenchanted and unlikely to vote in the same numbers as they did in 2008. Although I may not have had the stats to prove it, I kept the faith that voters under the age of 29 would make their voices heard loud and clear. You may have a lot going on in your classes, you may in fact be frustrated with the economy and your job prospects after graduation and all the drama going on in Washington right now, but you still went out and cast your ballots. And for that I say a heartfelt "thank you!" and am proud of the showing everyone did during this election. Now that's a victory!