Dear 100 Hour Board,
Maybe I'm one of just a few people with these worries, maybe I'm one of many, but the current administration and the actions taken in just the first week terrify me. I was lucky enough to end up in a comparative genocides class taught by one of the most amazing human beings on the planet (long before this election season), and there isn't a warning sign we studied that isn't happening right now in America. Even some of the people I know who voted Trump did so saying "Yeah, but he isn't REAAALLY going to do xyz thing, because that's just a terrible idea. It's just campaign rhetoric. Everything will be fine."
And now he's doing the things, exactly like he promised.
For me, it isn't even about Trump. It's not like he took over the White House with tanks and took it. Democracy worked and this is what our country wanted. People voted for him because he "tells it like it is", and he told us. Now I'm considering doing something I never would have thought to do before - voting with myself and leaving for somewhere else. I don't just mean this like those celebrities that threaten to move to Canada and then don't; I'm seriously (and gravely) considering putting my money where my mouth is while I'm still single and unattached.
Before I make a choice, what advice would you give me?
-What do I do now?
I just want to push back on the statement "this is what our country wanted" - it's what some people wanted. He didn't win the popular vote. I agree it's infuriating that anybody voted for him, never mind millions of people, but there are even more people out there who didn't vote for him. And I think that will make all the difference.
Feel free to make whatever choice you want/need to make, but I don't think this is what America wanted.
The easiest way to move to a different country is usually on a student visa; however, that doesn't guarantee that you'll be able to stay when your program is over. Once your program ends, you'll need to have a job lined up with an employer willing to sponsor a work visa, or you'll need to have married a national of that country and have at least submitted the necessary paperwork to gain residency.
If you can move on a work visa right away, that might offer more long-term stability, but it's usually more difficult to get initially. If you have special skills or education, such as in engineering or health care, you might have an easier time getting a visa.
You could also look into teaching English in other countries. This wouldn't be permanent, but you could at least get a break from what's going on down here right now. I would just be careful to avoid a country that might get hostile towards Trump's White House. That could lead to problems as an American citizen.
If you're female, it's pretty easy to find employment as an au pair in Europe. I would carefully vet the family you plan to work for, though. This will also not be a permanent way to move, and could be as short as a couple of months.
This probably wasn't the kind of advice you were looking for. But I've been feeling a lot of the same things lately, and I think that moving somewhere else could at least be worth looking into.
The main counterargument to that is that if you are a white U.S. citizen without chronic and expensive health conditions, you will be the least affected by this presidency. Staying in the U.S. and trying to right what you perceive to be wrong with this administration would be a courageous, selfless choice that helps people who are not in a position to defend themselves or who need the support of other people to do so.