WASHINGTON, D.C. — It should come as no surprise that, as MTV News fanned out across the nation’s capital this week to ask students at the city’s leading universities what was on their minds, education was one of the subjects they were most passionate about.
We were taking the temperature of the most pressing issues on campus in the lead-up to Thursday afternoon’s “A Conversation With President Obama,” an interactive, one-hour event that will air live and commercial-free on MTV, mtvU, BET, Centric, Tr3s and CMT at 4 p.m. ET and stream live on MTV.com, BET.com and CMT.com.
One of our first stops was Georgetown University, where the high cost of higher education was issue #1.
“I think the most important to me right now is equity in education, because I feel like everybody should be on a level playing field,” said New York native Sakina Sojar, 22.
“Not all these kids are getting the right proper education that they should be, so they can’t go to the level that they need to go to,” offered Nick Campenella, 19.
Some were concerned about paying for college, others the status of their student loans or finding a job after their four-year bid was up, but all agreed that they want to see more from the president when it comes to a college education.
“Students are worried about just making it to college, getting into college and paying for college,” said Sumegh Sodani, 18. “At the rate at which college costs are rising even for public universities, it’s extremely high.”
Whether it’s education or some other issue that’s on your mind, you can ask the president about his plans to remedy the situation. He will be taking questions from Twitter, as well as the live audience, during Thursday’s conversation. From now through the live show, tweet your questions with the hashtag #askjobs or #askeconomy (or another topic that’s important to you). Starting Wednesday (October 13), you can also visit the Twitter Tracker to submit your question and see which #ask topics are trending with other users.
We’re not just looking for your questions, though, we’re also interested in how you’re feeling about the country, the world and your own lives. We want to hear from you about your greatest hopes and fears, so tweet your answer to those questions to #mygreatesthope and #mygreatestfear, and your thoughts might get read during the live broadcast.
What do you want to ask President Obama? Share your questions in the comments before asking the president himself on Thursday!
“A Conversation With President Obama,” a production of MTV News and BET News, will be hosted by MTV News’ Sway Calloway, BET’s April Woodard and CMT’s Katie Cook. The show will air live at 4 p.m. ET/ 3 p.m. CT (and tape-delayed at 4 p.m. PT) on MTV, BET, CMT, mtvU, Centric and Tr3s. The show will also stream on MTV.com, BET.com, CMT.com and Tr3s.com and will be made available on-demand 30 days after its initial airing.