Week 9 – Volunteering and Interviewing!!

Hey y’all,

I hope y’all have had a great week and Halloween!! It was weird this year because there were no trick-or-treaters at my house, but it was still fun nonetheless. It’s also been a really productive week for my study. I’ve been volunteering for Joe Biden and interviewing more people for my mini study!! This is the first time that I’ve volunteered for Joe since I’ve been doing it for more local candidates in the past. It was really interesting to see the contrast between peoples’ reactions to him vs. local people. Also, I talked to Mukta Dharmapurikar about the impact of climate change on young voters!! She actually did an entire study on climate change, so she had plenty of details to share. Details below:

1) I did some volunteering for the Joe Biden campaign!! It’s getting really close to the election, and I wanted to do some work to help Democrats out last minute. I did work in 2 ways: phone banking and text banking!! I had done phone banking in the past for local candidates, while text banking was a new experience for me. When I phone banked, I encountered some folks with really strong opinions about Joe. I guess that this was to be expected since people know more about him, but it was harder to have a productive conversation with people this way. Text banking was more fun because more people responded!! I actually had some really fun conversations with Republicans, too. I kinda took some creative liberties… Here is one below:

Photo by me. Text Bank Convo.

2) I had a really interesting conversation with a fellow DA student named Mukta Dharmapurikar about how young people feel about climate change. As I said earlier, Mukta did a study herself on the psychology behind climate change beliefs. She had some really insightful conversations. She said that young people certainly vote on climate change because they care greatly about their future, though there is also a big portion that worry about the effects of the policies on their personal freedoms. In this way, climate changes encourages people to vote in vastly different ways. She also said that young people struggle to feel the impact of their vote when it comes to global climate change. There’s also a LOT of people who don’t believe in climate change. I’ll certainly incorporate our insightful conversation into my final product.

I’ve had a really productive week, and I’m really excited to see what happens this upcoming election!! I’m holding my breath up until Nov 3, waiting to see what will happen in the presidential, senate, and governor races!! I’ll certainly share my thoughts when I get the results and analyze what happened. So, stay tuned!!


Author: Edward Rogers