Chelsea Clinton’s Charge

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By Chelsea Clinton ’10PH, from her 2015 book It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired, and Get Going, which seeks to motivate middle-schoolers to become involved in their communities.

Long before I turned eighteen and started voting, really for as long as I can remember, my parents expected me to have an opinion or point of view about everything. Truly, everything. What I experienced, what I learned in school and what I saw or read about in the news. They also expected me to be able to back up my views with facts and evidence — and, if I could, to work to change things that frustrated me. It never seemed to matter how old — or young — I was. And it wasn’t just my parents; my grandparents felt the same way. As my grandma Ginger, my dad’s mother, often told me before she passed away when I was thirteen, “Chelsea, you’ve been blessed and you need to always be thinking about how to expand the circle of blessings.”

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