It was a privilege (as a young person) to exercise my right to vote. I understand that we live in a democracy, and that fact should be appreciated. However, we are allowed to feel dissatisfied with the results.
According to the results, I belong to a 'minority in the majority', that wanted this country to remain in the European Union. I am also a minority that voted 'remain' in my London Borough, which predominantly voted 'leave'. I have resorted to accepting that such a change in our country is now on the cards, and taking steps to see how it will impact my life, and of those who are around me, but my worry has not lessened.
I know that there is a much larger issue that now prevails beyond dissatisfaction. This is the issue of a lack of political and economic education by many that voted. As well, as the undeniable impact 'nationalism' had upon this referendum.
I believe this referendum, to some, provided a scapegoat to oust all their anger and distaste upon. Of course, some may have genuine reasons for wanting 'out' of the European Union. However, from my experiences in the last couple of weeks, it has been the same repetitious arguments. It also sickens me that many voters may have been falsely led by propaganda, which is simply unfair.
Furthermore, many of the younger generation who predominately voted 'remain' have been misunderstood when pointing out that the 'leave' voters were made up of many in the older generation. This is not disrespectful, but a mere fact. Yes older people have an equal right to vote, but why is a vast majority now responsible for the future of the next generation? When their future (to an extent) was secured by the European Union?
I know that leaving the European Union will have a large impact upon university level education, and this is a fear that many of my friends and I share. We are now left with doubts and fears that were 'minor concerns' when our place in the EU was not under threat.
Although Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty could show us negotiations between the United Kingdom and members of the European Union, there is major uncertainty as to what the future of European students entails in the United Kingdom.
What will happen to funding for European students? What will happen to the ERASMUS* scheme?
Change can be good, but this change is looking rather bleak at the moment.
In times of discontent and worry, 'hope' is something that comes to mind. We can only 'hope' that this decision does not have negative implications, and that the futures of generations to come are protected.
And we can only 'hope' that the worries of a minority, do not become a reality.
*ERASMUS: a programme in universities. It enables students in the European Union to study abroad in selected countries. More information is available here: http://www.erasmusprogramme.com/