Photo: Election Road Trip Highway 160 20 | Kody John

Kody John, a sophomore at Fort Lewis College in Durango, grew up on the Navajo Nation in Arizona. Nearly half of the college's students have a multi-cultural background — a fact John said he values. But he's worried about college-life issues like drug abuse and alcohol poisoning.

"I've seen things that I wish I could forget," he said.  

The political rhetoric out of Washington, D.C. also troubles John. He said it's turning the country into a "powder keg."

"I'm trying to be optimistic, but the pessimism in me is just saying that at some point something is gonna set it off," he said. "And I feel like I'm going to be impacted negatively as well as anyone else in any sort of minority."