Imagine standing in a hotel ballroom full of cheering people and watching history unfold before your eyes. That’s what I did on November 6, 2018.
It was election night. I’d spent six months volunteering for Jahana Hayes, a congressional candidate. As I listened to Jahana give a victory speech, I knew that I—and other students—had helped her win.
I never cared much about politics. But in 2016, I took a government class at school. At the time, the presidential election was under way and I enjoyed following the campaigns. They were more entertaining than any TV show.
But for the 2018 midterm elections, I wanted to do more than watch from home. So this past spring, I googled to see who was running for the U.S. House of Representatives in my district. That’s how I found Jahana.