College and high school students are active volunteers for Democratic and Republican campaigns for the upcoming election.
College students exhibit a less idealistic attitude towards this election, while high school students, such as Wisconsin's Catie Edmondson, 16, are still passionate about issues they cannot even vote on.
"I'm envious of my friends who can vote, and it's extra motivation to do everything I can to make sure President Obama gets re-elected," Edmondson said to USA Today
Joe Zepecki, the Wisconsin state communications director for the Obama campaign, believes high schoolers are very aware of the world and the big decisions they will be making regarding college and careers, and want to be better than the previous generation.
On the other hand, some American college students seemed to have lost their idealism when it comes to the election, mostly because of issues related to the economy.
In comparison to the wealth of young supporters during Obama's 2008 campaign, many young voters have become downtrodden due to the shaky economy and uncertainty of the job market.
"I'm just not too satisfied with how the last four years have gone," said Caleb Cunningham, 26, a recent grad of Brigham Young University, to The New York Times. "I just think someone needs to be responsible."
Cunningham, a volunteer for the Romney campaign, is currently looking for a steadier job than his current one of waiting tables.
Many college students seem to be driven by realistic political views instilled in them by their families, rather than having overly idealistic expectations of the candidates.
Kathryn Tinker, 20, a student at American University says her Democratic world view comes from her family's background who "wasn't always in the 1 percent".
"I don't think Obama supporters are "less enthusiastic" about the president, I think their enthusiasm is more concentrated," said Zack Carroll, campaign director for the District of Columbia Federation of College Democrats.
College students continue to be strong volunteers of Presidential campaigns, yet their enthusiasm seems to come from a different place in 2012.