Debate season is here, which means we can expect any lingering notion of decorum in this presidential race to disappear. We've now reached the dangerous point in the 2012 presidential campaign where candidates can dish on poor people, snub world leaders, and essentially dye themselves brown without fearing the burden of a public apology.

That means it's time to take a page from the book of Bill Clinton and start discussing the issues the candidates won’t. Somebody has to. After all, for younger Americans—and don't discount this just because it's said every four years—this election might be the most important in a century.

To help you beer-chugging, backpack-lugging academics still on the fringe, here are the 10 Ways the 2012 Presidential Election Will Affect College Students.