The advent of the American person's 18th birthday signifies many things, and one of the most influencial apsects of turning this age is the ability to vote.
However, a mix of the lack of time and general feeling of apathy toward voting often deters young adults from going to the voting booths. Time is something that many students do not have enough of, so free time becomes a precious commodity, sometimes too precious to go through a voter registration process.
"I don't think students don't care about the election. I just don't think (students) follow through enough to actually vote," Ryan Ray, junior in accounting, said. "If they registered back home, then they don't go through the effort to fill out an absentee ballot or switch voter registration. I don't think they take time enough to be informed on the actual voting process."
Not all students believe in voting. Many students are apathetic toward the process and some simply forget, while others post pictures of themselves on Facebook and Instagram proudly smiling with their "I Voted!" stickers.
"(Voting) is definitely an obligation and a right," Deanna Jarnagin, senior in communication studies, said.
So for those like-minded with Jarnagin, what influences their adamant stance? An answer to this question trended among students.
"Definitely family upbringing," Jarnagin said.
"Family upbringing definitely plays into it," Tori Lyle, undecided sophomore, agreed.
Students said their opinions regarding political parties were often reinforced by the views of their parents. Though their families intentions were good, some said it often creates difficulty when trying to break away from their parents' ideals.
"It's hard to distinguish my opinion from the opinions that I heard around my house growing up," Mamie Heldman, freshman in communications, said, "That's what makes the decision hard for me."
As Nov. 6 fast approaches, UT students will be ducking into the UC and other voting locations on campus to cast their ballot or simply to avoid the cold front. Some care, some do not. Many ask the question, "Does my one vote really make that much difference?"
Regardless of student activity in the polls, the country will soon instate the man that will lead our country for the next four years, a move that will affect all students.