Each Washington State University student is affected by the census in a different way. While some benefits might resonate with some more than others, there's no question that everyone has a responsibility to play a part in the census and that it will affect each of us in the future.
Jenna Chandler, a criminal justice major from San Diego, California, feels connected to the census because of how the data that are collected impact the redrawing of political boundaries.
"The Pullman community is my second home. I am very grateful to have been able to experience a community so different from my own," she said.
Jenna considers herself to be a fairly politically active individual and wants the Pullman community to understand the importance of civic engagement. Jenna believes in the importance of being aware of what is going on in the community and the importance of being an active community member.
"I think that it is very important that the government understands the demographics of the communities they are intended to serve," Jenna said, "and that each community is represented properly."
Data collected by the census is used by the government to redraw congressional and legislative boundaries, as well as impacts the number of representatives each state is allocated.
As young college-aged students we are the next wave of people to be responsible for influencing the political process in the United States and it is important that we are engaged members of the community. Filling out the census is one more step we can take to be unified as a community and do our civic duty, Jenna said.