Coming to New Hampshire from Pennsylvania, I never thought I would experience culture shock. The states have similar climates and similar cultures. One thing that first shocked me prep fall, and continues to surprise me, is how intense election season is in New Hampshire. This past Tuesday, many states took to the polls to vote for various representatives and governors. While most Phillips Exeter Students can’t vote, those who can, do. Academy students are allowed to vote in New Hampshire elections. For the majority of disenfranchised students interested in politics, Exeter offers many clubs and opportunities: Democratic Club, Republican Club, and Exeter Political Review, among others.
One of our most active political clubs is Democratic Club, or Dem Club. Although Exeter remains apolitical, the school has many connections to politics. New Hampshire’s Governor Maggie Hassan is the wife of our principal. Many students chose to work with her campaign, and, in the process, are able to attend political events around New Hampshire. Although New Hampshire is a small state, politically, we are very influential in elections. As such, we attract many politicians. Through Dem Club, students had the opportunity to hear both the Clinton’s speak on separate occasions. Regardless of political affiliation, such opportunities are an amazing part of the Exeter experience. In a country where many youth are uninterested in politics, it’s great that here, many students want to learn about policy and make a difference.