For these past few months, students in the United States have stood together to demand real solutions and real conversations to end gun violence in schools. As a student, it has been powerful to be a part of a conversation for social change. I've always been passionate about student activism, making this opportunity one I treasure. Though we cannot vote, we do deserve the right to be a part of these conversations and our perspectives should not be ignored. After all, the decisions made by adults today will shape the world we'll live in. More often than not, however, our voices are limited because of our age. We are told, by administrators, by parents, by adults, and even by other students, that we are too young to make a difference.
I hope that with time our voices will be more respected and that we will be invited to these conversations about our future. This is why I love platforms like Mogul, which democratize content and bring people together. It is here that we have a chance to equalize different voices and have genuine conversations without judgments about the other person's credibility.
I dream that, even though I'm a student, my voice will be heard and respected, and I will continue to raise my voice until others are willing to listen.