By Jamie Coughlin
Rachel Bradford — “Struggler”
Hometown: Winter Park, Fla.
Occupation: College student
The Nov. 6 election was the first time Rachel Bradford could have cast a ballot to elect a president. Even though Bradford considers herself quite liberal and many of her friends voted for the President Barack Obama, voting wasn’t important to Bradford.
“I didn’t really worry about it too much.”
The 20-year old college student at Full Sail University in Winter Park, Fla., said keeping up on current events isn’t a priority for her. “I’m not well informed, but I guess I know the basics.”
In addition to a full academic schedule that focuses on digital animation courses, she holds down a part-time job as a marketing representative and has an active social life, but isn’t otherwise engaged in her community.
Despite her busy schedule, Bradford said she could have voted in her first presidential election if she had wanted to. She supports Obama although she admits she doesn’t know much about his presidency. “I think that he’s more for the people instead of for himself like (Mitt) Romney,” Bradford said.
She knows the struggling economy is important, but doesn’t understand the issues well. But she does understand that it affects her job, gas prices and student loans. “Those are the three main things I’m concerned about.”
Rachel thinks voting is a duty people should take more seriously, even though she admits that she didn’t. But she doesn’t regret her decision not to vote.
“It happened the way I wanted it to so it’s OK,” she said. “If it came down to it and there was that one vote that would’ve changed it, I would’ve been like. ‘Oh man, should’ve voted.’”