President Barack Obama covered a lot of ground in his 2013 State of the Union Address. He declared, “The state of our Union is getting stronger.” College students awaited information regarding their futures.
Students make up an important group of constituents. Student loans contribute greatly to the deficit, and the only way graduates can pay them back is to get a job, which are difficult to find. It is a conundrum that the government has been addressing, and there is no easy, one-way solution.
Stephens senior and theatre student Christine Twyman is worried about student loans. “I think there needs to be more than a six month grace period for paying off loans, especially in this economy,” she said.
One big focus in the address was job creation. Engineering will become a bigger focus in the United States. Apple, Google and Facebook are all adding factories in America as opposed to China. The auto industry, which was struggling immensely when Obama took office, is manufacturing more products in the U.S. and creating more jobs.
“I’m trying to find a job right now, and it’s not easy,” senior MPA major Grace Deyermond said. Deyermond has been searching for a post college career for six months.
To prepare young adults for in-demand jobs in the U.S., high school curricula will have more focus on mathematics, science and engineering. Students will become better prepared for the competitive professional industry.
Some of the biggest priorities for the president’s second term will be raising the minimum wage, developing more family-wage jobs, job training, fewer offshore manufacturers and improving education for students. Improving these will help to build a more stable economy and decrease the deficit.