What the Constitution Means to College Students 230 Years Later


“This is such a cool tool to have now,” says Williston High School student, Lyle Williams.

Williams received a pocket-size copy of the Constitution from American Government students at Williston State College. 

“There’s a lot of political unrest right now. And the country is very divided. So it’s important everyone knows their rights,” says Katherine Bassford, a student at WSC.

For Bassford and her fellow American government classmates, the exercise had different meanings.

Whether it to be empower-

“The more informed you are, the more you know about your government. The more you can participate in it,” says Mark Nordaune. 

or to educate-

“When you’re interacting with officials, it’s important that you’re educated about what they’re supposed to be doing and what you’re supposed to be doing,” says Bassford. 

or to display a sense of national pride-

“It should be something that people are proud to know. If they’re living in America, it’s important because that’s the reason we’re here. It’s what our entire society is built off of,” says Julia Christensen.

And while the exercise had some limitations-

“I was a little disappointed at how many people didn’t want to take them. I’m sure most of them will put them in that little drawer in the kitchen that they just throw everything into and they never clean it, but hopefully they’ll at least look through it,” says Christensen. 

The power of knowledge has no limits to how far or how fast it can spread.

“Nations from all over the world, they come here. They live here. They’ll learn a lot of things from here and then they’ll go back to spread all over the world, the power of knowledge and the power of ethics,” says Tariq Bashir, a WSC student who originally hails from Pakistan. 

As part of Constitution Day, Williston State College will also be hosting a panel discussion on transgender individuals in the military. 

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