Staff Editorial: you owe it to yourself to get involved
September 7, 2012
Filed under Opinion
It is the start of a new year at Guilford. Some of us are experiencing everything for the first time. Others, with familiarity. No matter your age, no matter your established roots, this is a fresh start. A blank canvas. So many opportunities are placed in front of us, and now is the perfect time to pick up the metaphorical brush and paint yourself in the image of your choosing.
Our school is faced with a serious budget crisis. Federal and state funding have been taken away, staff have been let go and hours of operation have been cut. We’re seeing this firsthand.
Yet despite these shortcomings, Guilford is unwavering in its decision to provide any and all financial aid to eligible students. The College continues to provide incredible opportunities to its student body, which is a Godsend in this economy.
Take a look at the Grill. While we can complain about a lack of meal variety on Saturdays, students should also keep in mind that a budget cut in cafeteria alternatives means that this school is not cutting funds elsewhere.
Our clubs, activities and programs remain intact, and are stronger (budget-wise) this year than in previous years.
Guilford has added a January term, and as a result has increased study abroad opportunities.
The Bryan Series continues to bring in some of the most influential men and women from across the globe.
We as students can give back to Guilford by taking advantage of the amazing opportunities provided to us.
Take courses that have nothing to do with your major. Explore the J-Term possibilities. Establish lasting relationships with peers and professors. Expand your worldview by studying abroad. Join clubs, attend school-sponsored programs. Learn new things. Find new passions.
This is a unique time in your life where your full-time job is to experiment, explore, learn and grow. So do your job and have fun with it.