College students weigh in on Obama's speech

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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Hidden in the board room at WSFA 12, five students from Huntingdon, Auburn Montgomery, and Alabama State University watched history unfold.

They have a lot to think about.

"[I have] a lot of questions. [. . .] Just so much. It's very complex," said Lacey Young, senior at Auburn Montgomery.

By far, improving education and financial aid was one of the biggest topics surrounding these young adults.

"That's a way for job security in the future," said ASU senior Stanley Giles.

"A high school diploma is no good in today's society."

"[Obama] was talking a lot about green jobs and power plants, and I think with a more intelligent workforce, we can do that," explained Huntingson junior Devon Beaty.

President Obama's speech sets the bar very high--promising to double exports, crack down on spending, and improve the economy.

"All of it seemed really important.  Everything that I assumed he would talk about, he addressed.  Even some of the little things I didn't expect him to talk about," Young said.

Things like a government spending freeze. Some students say too many questions are still unanswered.

"He didn't say education or agriculture," explained Huntingdon junior Heath Woodruff.

"He just said it would protect your Social Security and it would protect things of that nature."

Delia Sescioreanu, an Auburn Montgomery student from Romania, was taken aback the cheers and jeers of the gallery.

"I don't want to offend anybody, but it seemed a little bit like a circus," she said.

Other students say they're just ready for a brighter future.

"It gives the American people hope, and in times of economic distress, that's pretty much all you have," Giles said.

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