Like many, if not most Americans, I am exhausted by this year's Presidential election. When I was younger and my views were shaped by those of my immediate family members, I was excited about the 2008 Presidential election. I was  a sophomore in high school and passionate and the views I held and the facts I was being told. I debated friends in the cafeteria and watched the news almost every night. When election day rolled around, I was disappointed that I could not vote and was excited for the future election I would be able to take a part in.

The 2012 Presidential election rolled around and I was a sophomore in college this time. I had no real interest in politics, or basically anything outside my failing GPA. It was the first time I was able to vote as a fresh 19 year old who's birthday falls just days after election day. I voted by absentee ballot while my roommate waited hours in line at the student union. I watched the results come in over my rigorous studying and promptly ignored politics for the next year.

My senior year of college and my first year post graduate I spent time with, and then moved in with, my boyfriend and his group of friends - many were particularly vocal about their politics beliefs and kept up daily with the news. While I started with basically a little to no interest into the government, I started reading the news daily at my first full time job and began to form my own personal views based on my beliefs and personal experiences. I voted in the primaries this year and was passionate about different candidates and different positions.

Now that the primaries are over and the presidential elections have begun, I'm tired of it all. Every day the news headlines seem like dramatic internet clickbait and I'm forced to find out some terrible past or flip-flopping view of our candidates. I don't want to hear it anymore, I'm tired and angry that this is what our most sacred democratic process has turned into. Literally as I'm typing this Trump and Clinton are yelling over each other as the moderator tries to regain control. This is insane and the worst part is I know I'm not the only one who feels like this. This article is probably the thousandth one speaking on this topic and it won't be the last since we still have a few more weeks to go. 

Let's just get this over with already.

Published by Jen Pereira