Emily Chicklis '18: Your Vote Makes a Difference

November 07, 2016

Emily Chicklis

Emily filled us in on the importance of voting — and the election party on the Residence Campus!

What's your major? 

I'm double majoring in psychology and biostatistics — but I'm often found lurking around political science events and liaison meetings. 

What drew you to your program?

I've always been interested in psychology and mental health, but I love the way statistics helps me to look at research (and perhaps conduct my own) with a critical eye. Plus, Professor Goldman's statistics courses are great! 

What's your favorite class you've taken so far?

I really enjoyed Political Novels with Professor Cole. We read a semester's worth of interesting sci-fi novels, analyzing the political systems and ideas within them, and comparing the fictions with reality. Super interesting. 

Tell us about the party on Residence Campus on election night. 

It's at 8:00 p.m. in Bartol. It should be a good one! The presidential election has everyone fired up, and it'll be fun to have others to — hopefully — celebrate with. Plus there will probably be food.

Why should students get out and vote? Why is voting so important?

Because their votes genuinely make a huge difference. Voting is a right of citizenship that has been treated as a privilege for far too long, and this year the U.S. will see its most diverse electorate ever. Let's see what kind of a government we can build from that.

Voting is our primary means of having a direct say in government. Most of the emphasis is placed on the presidential elections, but local issues are just as — if not more — important, and are likely have a direct impact on your life. In addition to the presidential nominees, there will be congressional candidates and local propositions on the ballot. Do your research and look into the issues that are important to you. Then vote for what you think is right.

As for the presidential election, keep in mind that the balance of the Supreme Court is at stake, and historically, major civil rights have been "granted" and taken away at the whim of those nine people. This may be a lesser-of-two-evils situation (most political elections are), but we have to go for the lesser this time around if we want to make positive systemic changes in the future.

How have you been involved with the election?

I've been following the election closely, watching the debates almost religiously and gathering all the information I can. I also wrote two articles on the subject for the Simmons Voice and joined the second debate party organized by Mellyssa De Paiva in Arnold Hall.