The most educated and truly intelligent people that I have met in my life have all impressed me with their displays of empathy. Over dinner tables and across the Senate floor, I believe the most educated people are the ones who have considered a topic from enough perspectives that they can empathize with their peers. I believe people are the foundation of every industry, community, and movement. To me, being educated is not the memorization of the newest headlines or ancient philosophy, it is having the vision to understand how culture affects people. I have learned this through Government Club, with weekly debate-style meetings in which I have gotten to observe and participate in controversial and emotional topics of politics. I have a reputation for bringing “social issues” into each debate, no matter the topic. However, I believe no political decision is exempt of its “social” consequences. I am incredibly passionate about women’s and race issues in politics because they express how people, specifically marginalized people, are truly affected by every legislative decision. Adding a human aspect to politics, I believe, is central to maintaining a supportive society. Without empathy, without consideration of the people, there is no intelligence and there is no debate. Nothing exists in a vacuum, and I believe truly educated people recognize that above all else. I may not learn every possible approach to these complicated issues, but if I can apply selflessness and empathy to form my opinions, I will be proud of my education.