This is, as many have said, sort of hard for me to answer. One public issue that I feel somewhat educated on is, ironically, education. I (attempted to) write an article last semester on HOPE and all of its terrible new changes, and it really is very alarming to learn about. It’s reassuring to know that students my age will have missed the worst of the changes, but I worry for students down the line who will be left with ever-increasing tuition costs and ever-decreasing HOPE funds, even causing in-state UGA attendance to go down and therefore possibly make UGA less credible of a school eventually. It is definitely an issue that needs to be fixed or else it will just continue to spiral downward.
A public issue that I recently experienced first-hand is the public health care in America. I was in need of a doctor’s appointment and while the secretary insisted that I was only able to see my doctor and no other doctors, she also added that he was booked until May and that I would simply have to wait. It ended up working out, but what if I had been in a dire situation where I needed to see him sooner than that? I would’ve been SOL, and that’s just scary to me.
Something else that I recently read about that I find interesting is the skyrocketed number of autism children in America today. In the past, 1 in every 101 children had autism; now, it is 1 in every 88. It makes me and many others wonder, what is the cause of this? Is it due to pollution and radioactivity in the air? Is it simply an issue of over-diagnosis? Either way, the new numbers are very alarming and the lack of answers are even more so.
While I am not extremely educated on any of these issues, I do care about them all and am curious to see how they all pan out in the times to come.