SIOUX FALLS, SD -
President Barack Obama and Republican Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney aren't the only ones preparing for Wednesday’s debate. So are first time voters. College students are tuning in and getting ready to have their voices heard in the presidential election.
As a government major and the president of the Augustana Committee of Undergraduate Political Scientists, Drew Trahms takes this year’s presidential election very seriously. She believes it's something all students should too.
"You can say that you don't care and that it doesn't impact you, but it really does. And the decisions that your government makes are going to affect you in the future. The way that you are going to be able to get a job or pay for a visit to the doctor, all of those issues, they will affect you," Trahms said.
As Trahms gets ready to watch the debate Wednesday night, there are a few topics she and other students hope to learn more about.
"I think it will be good for them to talk about the economy, where that is going and what they are going to be doing in the future. I think that's important for a lot of people, especially people who are unemployed at this time," Trahms said.
"I would like to know what the candidates are going to do about student loans," freshman Ruth Young said.
Student loans are another reason Trahms says people her age should be involved and actively voting.
"A lot of us have governmental loans and financial issues that the government decides on. So that affects us every single day. So, it's really important that we get out to say, 'this is how I want my loan to be structured and how I want it to be paid back in the future,'" Trahms said.
And student loans seem to be the biggest concern among college students.
"I hope they will make it more practical for students to go to college and for people who are on the fence about it, also for those who are in college and facing mounds of debt," Young said.
You can see the debate for yourself Wednesday at 8 p.m. CDT on KELO-TV.
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