As the Democratic National Convention and the Republican National Convention come to an end, one question bears in many minds: Which candidate will best represent our country and stay true to his promises?

During the DNC, President Barack Obama promises, “The path that we may offer may be harder, but it will lead to a better place.”

For me this revolutionized anything I had previously thought about our president in the past four years. I think America is ready for a tougher road, but what is this infamous road Obama is referring to? He never alluded to it.

Obama also said, “The promise that hard work will pay off in the long run” is not out of our reach, but for a struggling college student I am quite familiar with the metaphor. Hard work will pay off in the long run.

Yes it might, but for me the light at the end of the tunnel keeps shrinking with every semester.

With the rising cost of tuition, books and housing, not only on campus, but in the real world, this idea of hard work paying off seems like an endless threat to my future teaching career.

Obama said his campaign is working to help college students attend excellent universities, but at Wesleyan this seems elusive, in part because Wesleyan is a private school.

What the government can do is assist private universities and organizations in offering more grants and scholarships for students who meet certain criteria or majors in certain “high-demand” fields.

Obama claims every American should be allowed to maintain citizenship. This is an issue both parties are at war about, but for me, all immigrants should have the opportunity to attain citizenship.

This country was built on the idea that “everyone is endowed, by their creator to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

Our country was built by immigrants from European countries, who came to America in search of those three things. If we turn our back on them now, how can America move forward?

The inevitable comes down to those students, faculty and staff who take it upon themselves to make a change.
The days to the 2012 election are coming to an end when each and every one will have to make a choice, to make a difference in our country as we embark on a new journey.

I advise everyone to look at each candidate closely, and seriously consider the next president, because as an American you have the right  to do so.

-Rachel Peel

rlpeel@txwes.edu