As students of UNC, we live in our own little bubble, with the University as the focus of our lives. But UNC is not Chapel Hill. It is only a part of the community, and the only part we really deal with on a regular basis. We don’t know the local issues. We don’t know the local politicians.
We have a stake in immediate action local issues, but, aside from alumni pride in our alma mater, the consequences of local elections will not affect us as most of us are only here for four years. We are visitors here and have a responsibility to be good guests in the Chapel Hill community.
Let the locals decide their future. They know better than us the needs of the town and those who inhabit it.
But this is not a call for UNC students not to vote at all. Rather, it is a call for us to vote in the communities that need us most: our hometowns.
We are at one of the best universities in the nation thanks to our parents, teachers, friends and countless others who put time and effort into turning us into UNC students. We have a civic duty to repay those who gave us so much and put us where we are today. The best way to do so is to bring everything we’ve learned at UNC back home.