While President Barack Obama considers a military strike in Syria, college students are also focused on issues far beyond the classroom.
"We, being the greatest nation in the world, we have the resources to help these people. Especially the innocent people being harmed and killed every day," Lauren Nelson said.
U.S. officials began planning for a possible strike on Syrian regime assets after the August 21 attack outside Damascus in which the U.S. officials say Syrian government forces killed over 1,400 people using chemical weapons. Some analysts predict a Syrian retaliation against the U.S., should a strike happen. Nelson, a sophomore business administration and political science double major at the University of Sioux Falls, believes the worst outcome happens if Americans do not help others in need.
"It would be ignorant and kind of selfish of us to say, they're not in America, so we don't really (need to help)," Nelson said.
There are two schools of thought on the subject. USF sophomore Ryan Howe, a Communications and Theatre major, said the turmoil in Syria has nothing to do with the United States.
"With 9/11, it was a direct assault on American assault on American soil. At this point, there hasn't been anything directly affecting the American people," Howe said.
Howe calls a military strike a bad idea, and said our economy cannot handle another Middle East involvement.
"In an issue like this, Congress absolutely has to have the final say. They have a very bad reputation most of the time for not getting things done, which in this case may be a good thing. Delay things for a little while longer," Howe said.