Young Americans helped reelect President Barack Obama.

And few groups of under 30 Americans worked harder to do so than those on progressive college and university campuses.

Brown University student J.P. Hare takes a look as to how the results of the 2012 election actually undermined the expensive Ivy League educations that Obama supporters are striving to obtain.

Why do we choose to attend an Ivy League school? We believe our investment of time and money will provide us with a good education, a powerful network, and unique skills that will bring us higher social standing. Many of us aspire to hold roles of leadership or of high expertise because we expect that our skills and energies will be appropriately acknowledged. And to that point, we expect to be rewarded for all the hard work that we are dedicating to our careers. Surely, monetary reward is a significant driver of our expectations, seeing that we pay large sums of money to attend our universities, either immediately or in the form of student loans. It is sobering to think given how much we invest in our education, we are sure we will attain success.

Thus, we are creatures of ambition. Many of us were accepted to an Ivy League school because we showed that we have genuine ambition for improving our lives through education. Yet in this time of global recession, international conflict, and political skepticism, the challenges that inhibit our ambition are only growing larger. Competitive internships and professional networking have taken off aggressively as further means to building the successful career that we all think we deserve.

……..It is surprising to find that so many Ivy League students, at Brown and abroad, are so fiercely liberal when their votes go to someone whose political platform is focused on debunking the legitimacy of a social class that those students aspire to reach.

It seems antithetical to vote for a candidate who wants to take more and more of the money you earned after you and your parents have invested and sacrificed so much to providing you opportunities that help you earn that money. In many ways, this line of thinking seems unfair, especially when this candidate’s administration has proved largely incapable of justifying their tax intake by running the four biggest annual U.S. federal deficits since World War II.

As exceptional students and future leaders, it seems silly that many of us so adamantly support the attack on people we are trying to personally emanate [sic] or ingratiate ourselves with. Liberal politics has become very antagonistic toward the wealthy as of late, and it should be no surprise that many young liberal voters will soon find themselves under attack as they launch themselves into their careers.