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An international student’s perspective on the upcoming 2020 election

By Collin Atwood
@collinatwood17

With election day now less than a week away, it’s fair to say these past few months have been chaotic when it comes to politics. There have been allegations against President Trump’s tax return, Joe Biden’s son being involved with foreign countries and the Presidential debates have not been lacking drama or entertainment.  

Everyone has their own perspective on this election and they should, considering the unique characteristics that each candidate brings to the table. American citizens have been sharing their opinion on this election for a while. It is not often that people get to hear how people from other countries view this election.

Springfield College has a fairly diverse campus and many students come from different parts of the world. According to the college’s main website, there are 23 countries being represented by the students of Springfield College. 

Saad Magani is a student at Springfield College who is currently earning his MBA degree in the college’s graduate program. Magani is from Casablanca, Morocco and graduated from the National School of Business and Commerce at Hassan II University. At his university, he majored in business and finance and minored in marketing. 

Before coming to Springfield College, Magani came to America to visit some of the country’s major cities such as New York, Miami, Orlando and Washington D.C. 

Magani’s perspective on this year’s election is not far from what others think. When comparing this election to the previous one in 2016 between Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump, Magani said, “I think this one is more aggressive.” 

He is not wrong. There has been no shortage of insults coming from both sides. 

To most, the first Presidential debate was a complete disaster filled with interruptions and obnoxious comments. There is not really any other way to describe it and Magani agreed. 

“Trump is someone who is used to reality shows, so he just wants to speak loudly and quickly,” Magani said. He used “reality shows” to describe President Trump more than once. 

“He doesn’t care about the real political problems, just like a reality show…I think Joe Biden is going to be a huge asset for the United States,” Magani added.

Lamiaa Layali is also a student at Springfield College from Casablanca, Morocco. She is earning her MBA and is still working on her undergraduate courses at ENCG Casablanca, the National School of Commerce and Management. 

Layali is not as aware as Magani is when it comes to the details in this election, but she did notice something different. Compared to how things are done in Casablanca, Layali believes that the election process in America is a lot more transparent. “We can see them debating and discussing their ideas and sharing them with the whole population,” Layali said. 

In America, it seems that most people feel like they should know more and don’t think that the Presidents share enough information. A lot goes on behind the scenes. Layali sees it differently. “There is a lot of transparency,” she said. 

Layali is not the only one who feels this way either. 

Willem Van-Zyl is a senior at Springfield College and he is majoring in physical education and coaching. He is from Johannesburg, South Africa. 

His view on this election is very similar to Layali’s. In South Africa, political incidents are not as public as they are in America.

“America is more open to express it to everyone which is very weird for me…If something like that happened, I think a country would prefer to keep it in country,” Van-Zyl said.

Maybe America’s politicians are not as secretive as people thought.

“This whole election thing has been like a worldwide newscast to everyone,” Van-Zyl said.

When it comes to the childish ways that were displayed at the first presidential debate, Van-Zyl has the same view as the rest of America. “They’re both competing for the highest position in the world currently and they’re arguing and bickering with each other. You see that with middle school kids which is very strange for me.”

There is no doubt that each candidate has been attacking each other at each debate.

“Right now, they’re more focused on bashing the other than stating what they’re standing for and strengthening their arguments,” Van-Zyl said. 

There are so many different ethnicities and races within this country’s borders. Every single one of them has a different story, opinion and perspective and they all matter. Everyone’s voices deserve to be heard.

Photo: Jack Margaros/The Student

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