The youth of today hear the message on repeat: take action, take action, take action. Now, as this tumultuous American social climate further interacts with our personal lives, it’s easy to feel as though we are observers of this change rather than active members. Yet we sense the gravity of our action, or lack thereof. We understand that “take action” is a vital outcry, but how do we begin?

In the past few days, the world of college sports has been shook with news of an FBI report that found emails and phone calls from coaches and agents who made illegal payments to college basketball players to attend specific schools – some of the players were rumored to have received over $100,000 in gifts. These incidents have begun a discussion on whether college athletes should be allowed to receive these benefits. Currently, players are not allowed to receive any money from their college career, despite making billions for the NCAA and their universities.

Less than two weeks ago, 17 lives were lost at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Yet these words cannot display the weight and importance that each of those lives holds. Those students were just beginning their lives, and the teachers risked theirs to save those students. The student survivors in the last two weeks have worked make sure, as student Emma Gonzáles states, “We’re going to be another statistic about mass shooting in America, because we are going to be the last mass shooting.”

The closer the breakout from high school to real life approaches the more daunting it seems. We go from  being expected to ask an adult to relieve yourself while in class, to having the immense responsibility of budgeting your finance above the bare subsistence of three Top Ramen meals a day. The leap into adulthood includes many possibilities like furthering your education at a University that can cripple your already empty pockets, submerging yourself into a competitive job pool, or for the indecisive it can even mean a gap year into lands unknown.