Donald Trump’s election as president has left Tech students, like the rest of the nation, with mixed emotions. For his supporters, Trump’s narrow victory over Hillary Clinton is cause for celebration.
Justin Jeffery, a mechanical engineering major from Russellville, said, “I think the results really showed the power of the voters this time around, and it gives me hope that despite an overwhelming media presence, and against such a strongly funded campaign of Hillary Clinton, that Trump was able to win not only the Electoral College but the voter majority as well.”
“I think Donald Trump is fit for president because of his economic background, he’s not ‘bought out’ by Wall Street like Hillary is, and he’s not a criminal like Hillary,” said Hayden Taylor, a middle level education major from Benton.
“America needs a business man to run this nation, and I believe that he can fix everything that Obama couldn’t,” said Layne Boyd, a business major from Searcy. “I’m very excited to see a real change for once.”
“Based on his first speech, I believe we elected the better option,” said Grant Geisbauer, a parks and recreation major from Fort Smith.
“I am satisfied with the election results. Although I am not a particular fan of either candidate, I chose what I believe to be the lesser evil and supported Trump,” said Savannah Hodges, a management and marketing major from Rover. “I did not want Hillary (or Bill) back in the office, so to keep that from happening, I voted for Trump!”
Olivia Karnes, an occupational therapy major from Springdale, said she was “very surprised about the outcome, but excited for a change in direction for our country. Also I’m glad I don’t have to listen to campaign commercials anymore.”
“It’s the year of change from the national to the local level and the elites are feeling the voice of the American people,” said mechanical engineering major Adam Overton of Malvern.
Students who supported Clinton are naturally disappointed in the results.
Tyesha Daniels, a middle level education major from Magnolia, said, “Trump didn’t win. Hate won, lack of education won, ignorance won, and an ungodly person won the election and is now president of the U.S.”
“I actually cried once the president was elected…like, real tears,” said Jasmine Long, a psychology major from Pottsville.
“As a female African American that voted I am truly nervous for the future of this country,” said Ashley Edwards, a nursing major from Little Rock. “This man has said things that should never been said by the leader of the free world and he has no experience in government.”
“I am very disappointed about the turnout of votes in Arkansas because I do not see Donald Trump fit to be president,” said Kaylee Lawrence, a business education major from Bauxite.
“I believe that the person who was elected is a racist, a sexist, and a bigot. I am now hoping that our country does not regress,” said Tyler Hern, a biochemistry major from Lamar. “I hope that we are able to unify as a country to go against any insane ideas he may have, but mostly, I hope that this country can find a way to have hope in a moment of darkness.”
“Trump’s in! Get the radiation suits ready,” said Daniel Byers, a computer science and information technology major from Dover.
“After Trump’s victory I am now preparing for our impending doom,” said Sidney Bowman, a psychology major from Paris.
Spencer Soule, a political science and history major from North Little Rock, is “honestly, appalled and disgusted with the course the United States is on.”
“This has left me fearful,” said Suleima Zuniga, a criminal justice major from Springdale. “It is not just about different views for me. Now it is about what happens for my family. Some see change, I see destruction of families and the economy.”
“I am in shock because America should be better than this,” said Sarah Bubniakm, psychology and sociology major from Centerton. “I hope that we, as a country, will think about our future and make valiant efforts to strive for equality and basic humanity.”
Some students say they are unsure what the Trump presidency will mean for the nation.
“I think it was a very interesting election. I’m still not quite sure how I feel. But who knows, maybe Trump will surprise the American people,” said Megan Bryant, a rehabilitation science and psychology major from Rogers. “For now though, the people make America, not the president.”
“Honestly, I’m shocked. I knew it was widely projected Hilary was to win the election by what seemed like a landside,” said business management major Hannah Noble of Berryville. “After watching Trump take state by state, I realized there was a chance he could be the next president of the United States. After winning the election, I continued to stay shocked at the responses of Hillary supporters. There was vulgar and exaggerations over any social media that would allow a status to post. America is ripped apart while we should be coming together at times like these.”
“I witnessed an ‘almost fight’ after Trump won Florida. I can’t wait to see what happens since he won the whole United States,” said nursing major Kelsey Jenkins of Benton.
“Honestly, the election did not even seem like a political debate. It was more like two people having a cat fight over a prize,” said Maggie Glover, a parks and recreation/natural resources major from Glenwood. “The prize being our country.”
“If I were to sum up my thoughts in one word it would be nervous,” said Heather Catlett, a business education and social studies education major from Havana. “My stomach is in knots this morning thinking about how many people are waking up afraid and I don’t know what I should do.”
For some students, the thought of electing either Trump or Clinton was unpleasant.
“Honestly, I didn’t vote because I couldn’t support either in good conscience,” said Libby Russell, a psychology major from Nashville. “It’s been a very sad election year, and I hope 2020 is an election I feel right voting in.”
“I’m not excited about this at all. As an overall government, we as a whole should want better,” said Malik Oliver, hospitality management major from Russellville.
“I was not happy with either, but Trump will make things interesting at least,” said Hunter Taylor, a music major from Sheridan.
“I’m not mad that Trump won. I’m more so anti-Hillary than pro-Trump,” said wellness and fitness major Cole Fritchen of Bryant.
“At least he’s not Hillary,” said Kimber Davidson, an elementary education major from Kingston.
Stacy Guzman, a nursing major from Van Buren, said her choice was no longer available in the general election.
“I wish that Ben Carson was an option,” she said.
Students from the Media Writing classes collected students’ reactions for this story.