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If I study a major in political science, what can I do to get enrolled in the political progress while I am still being a student?

When I grow up I want to become a politician and currently I want to study political science with a major in american politics, so I wonder how can I do it to start getting enrolled with politics at a young age. #science #law #sociology #political-science #political

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Allyson’s Answer

Hans - I agree with Kim about the many avenues for participating in political progress activities. I work in governance for emerging democracies (in Africa), but still volunteer with causes that advance the local political agenda such as immigration, voter registration campaigns and criminal justice reform. Learning how to lead and mobilize small groups of committed individuals will be critical to your work as a politician. I would encourage you to identify an area - whether it's water rights, public parks, or a student government - where you can involve yourself in the many areas of civic and political activism.

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Bruce’s Answer

There is no relation to courses you take and involvement in politics. Political Science has nothing to do with being a politician. It is the study of political systems. You might Google political science courses.

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Alexandra’s Answer

Yes, there are ways you can become involved in politics regardless of your field of study. You can look at volunteering first, perhaps for a local government office (in a town, or even sub-division of a large city, which would be like a certain neighborhood). You could campaign for a local politician (for example, someone who is running for mayor). Another way to become involved are unions which are organizations that defend the right of certain groups of workers.

Some international organizations and non-profit organizations provide ways you can become involved depending on your beliefs. For example, do you believe all people serving time in prison should vote? How can we improve people's ability and willingness to vote? Do you have a position on climate change and what would you do to support that position?

Here is a good article that outlines some other ways to become involved:

https://successfulblackparenting.com/10-ways-youth-can-get-involved-in-politics/
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Kim’s Answer

Hans,


Since you are an American living in Mexico, I hesitate to tell you to get involved in politics in that country. If you go to school in the US, you should be able to find opportunities through various school clubs, such as the Young Democrats or College Republicans. You can get involved in voter registration drives, join the campaign of a particular candidate, or get involved with a particular "cause." (prisoners' rights, death penalty, etc). Many big movements start at the grassroots level, which operate on a very tight budget. They will welcome the free labor (you will be a volunteer, most likely). They need sign painters, fundraisers, blockwalkers, people to blog, etc. Depending on your major, you can internship and receive school credit.


In my college days, I got involved with a group trying to stop nuclear energy. It was educational, and there were some really fun times!


As to your other question: I am sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad. That will make things difficult. Do not overlook military enlistment as a possibility. You might even be able to make your siblings, (and possibly your Mom), your "dependents" so they will qualify for military medical care. I'm not too sure about this, but it is definitely worth looking into! You can also get money for school. Another option is to get a job, ANY job, with a company that has tuition assistance, even if it means being a custodian at a hospital. Tuition is very expensive. Look at getting your basics at a junior college before moving on to a university.


Also, as far as school, Political Science is a fun field, but do some research as to how marketable the degree is. You might want to major, or minor, in Public Administration, International Relations, or Urban Planning.


Best of luck to you!

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