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Unopinionated is the new opinion


By: Alex Spadacenta ’17

I’ve never felt the need to express my political opinions. I’ve never officially decided which party I stand with, nor what candidate I support. So when I found a sticker on my car that said, “Save Freedom Stop Hillary,” I felt like someone was trying to to implement their views on me and tell me what candidate to like.

What was this person trying to get out of putting the sticker on my car? Was it just for laughs? To get it off their hands? Were they actually trying to implement their views onto me?

The sticker made me think. It made me realize how little of an opinion I had about this election.

I noticed that most of what I knew about the candidates, was based on what I had heard people around me say about them, and none of it was really how I felt or what I thought.

However, I’m not saying I’m uninformed. I understand how government works, how elections work and what issues are at the top of everyone’s minds. I know which way Democrats and Republicans sway on issues, and I just did have personal opinions based on the beliefs of both parties, it was based on what others were saying.

Being unopinionated in an election as polarized as this one causes me more stress than I should have. Suddenly I feel out of the loop, and judged for not expressing how I feel.

I will periodically be sitting in on a conversation between friends where they are discussing the debate that happened the previous night, what this candidate said on Twitter or how they have changed their views throughout this election. While I know what they are talking about, I almost never feel the urge to contribute.  

Do I wish I participated more in the election? Maybe. I almost wish I had a more intense reaction to the sticker. At the same time, it’s important to not be discouraged if you cannot contribute much to the conversation. Sometimes saying something will only cause more tension.

So to the person who put the “Save Freedom Stop Hillary” sticker on my car, thank you. For a long time I was insecure about not having an opinion, but the sticker got me thinking. You might have felt the need to put that sticker on my car because you were unsure about your own opinions. I realized, it’s okay to not contribute something to every political conversation, because let’s face it: half of us are probably just hopping on the bandwagon and supporting whoever the people around us support.

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Alex Spadacenta
Alex Spadacenta, Assistant Business Manager
Alex Spadacenta’s ’17 favorite ice cream flavor of cookies and cream.  According to, by definition, this means that Spadacenta is “smooth and personable with a sense of humor,” loves to “learn and grow with whatever [she’s] doing,” and seems “cool no matter the circumstance.”   From when she was a little kid that always wore a light blue skirt or ripped pink pants to today when she sports converse and a necklace from her Bat Mitzvah, Spadacenta’s favorite ice cream proves to accurately describe her “cool” personality.  A new member to the Inklings team, Spadacenta is ready for an exciting year as the Assistant Business Manager, where she raises money through selling advertisements and other nuanced ways for the paper.     Inklings was not something Spadacenta joined just to pad her already varied resume.  “It’s a group of really cool people,” Spadacenta said.  “Here I really feel like I can be friends with anyone and talk to anyone.”   In addition to Inklings, Spadacenta participates in a myriad of sports teams, including field hockey, lacrosse, and gymnastics.  Though Spadacenta had to take a break from gymnastics due to an elbow injury, she is fully prepared to be back-handspring-ing her way back to the floor event.  “I’m not a very competitive person, but I really like just doing it,” Spadacenta said.  “Everyone just knew me as the gymnastics person.”   For her future, Spadacenta motivates her possibly join the field of psychology.  This is in part inspired by her Ukrainian-born sister, who has learning disabilities and is close to her.  “It’s hard sometimes,” Spadacenta said, “but sometimes we just look at each other and we know what we’re thinking.”  Spadacenta wants to apply the “work hard, play hard” mentality she has learned from Sports and Inklings to help people express themselves going forward.

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