By Fiona English
Within the past month, elections have affected all of us, directly and indirectly. This has caused Americans across the nation to have built up anxieties and stress over our country’s future. This election has proven to have been one of the most decisive of the century. The fate of the nation has been a significant concern for all. Through this chaos, we have built up heaps of stress and anxiety. In a survey done, FSW students and staff reflect on some of the topics that affected them the most.
One FSW student expressed their concern over Hispanic families. They responded, “The point my anxiety managed to increase during the election is whether Hispanic families will have a sense of freedom.”
Another student, Jude Villarreal, expressed concern over transgender rights. Villarreal responded, “As a transgender student, for the week leading up to the election, I was anxious about the kind of world we could have potentially created that could easily exile me just for being who I am.”
Many students here at FSW are new voters. Entering the political scene during this election has placed tension among new voters. Additionally, this election has marked one of the few times that life-long Republicans have voted for a Democratic candidate. The 2020 election has divided many Americans to the extent to which many fear a civil war. More experienced voters have shared the same sentiment regarding the split in Americans.
FSW Professor Marsa Detscher remarked, “My goal is to complete the semester without anyone knowing where I stand politically. I have been teaching for over 20 years and found it particularly difficult this semester to maintain my neutrality.”
Many respondents have remarked that it was a challenge to remain neutral among family, friends, and peers resulting in strained relationships. While politics have always been an iffy topic to discuss, this election has proved to be the most dividing century.
All respondents reported having heightened stress and anxiety around the elections; a third of them responded that this affected their school work, grades, and day-to-day tasks. While election results have been out for some time, this still leaves particular anxieties and stress on the presidential seat’s current state. Many may even argue that the issues presented by FSW students in this survey may still be threatened or be under scrutiny. Overall, these issues are always a concern for all Americans, as we still wait for President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.
Staff Writer – Community