Education For the People

Ladies and gents….elections are over! We no longer have to worry about those silly political ads and candidates taking jabs at each other. The harmony of the universe is once again restored. So what does that mean for the Student Affairs Professional? Oh just about 5 more weeks until the semester is over.

Well, there’s more to that statement. Even though elections are over, please let us not forget that there is still a lot of work to be done in the area of higher education. We should still continue to lobby and talk to our state legislators for access and more funding. That is still going to remain important no matter who is President (fortunately for us, President Obama understands that not all students can just ask their parents to fund their education---sorry, guys…one last political comment, I swear).

Education is probably one of the biggest factors in my decision on who to vote for, along with healthcare for my elderly parents, and the right for many of my GLBT family members and friends to marry. I understand that the economy is an issue, and that unemployment is high, but I’m also positive that education will be a strong force in that recovery process. You know that saying “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime”? I whole heartedly believe that it is true, especially when working with college students and their holistic development.

So new professionals, I say we go out and get more involved with higher education access issues. We are at the fore front of student interaction. We know the struggles that our students encounter. We have a responsibility to our students, so that they may reach their dreams and succeed in life. We have the power to do that! We just have to work together towards the education of the people, by the people, and for the people. That’s what we do in Student Affairs, and for whatever reason you decided to work in higher education, know that you have the power to create change and inspire minds. 

Tabatha Cruz

Student Affairs - the First Years

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