Making the most of a College education
By Michael Corcoran
Helen Keller once said, "Science may have found a cure for most evils, but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all-the apathy of human beings." While these words were originally spoken decades ago, they are still relevant today. A fundamental part of human life is our capacity to get involved--to improve our lives--as well as the lives of others. In today's world, indifference is a luxury we can ill-afford.
Here at Emerson we aim to be a successful, imaginative student body. We are blessed with students who strive to make changes, to build futures and to inspire greatness. At the backbone of these ambitions is our willingness to care, and to turn our concerns into action.
As Emerson's newest class of students begins itself to assimilate into the college attending orientation, meeting new friends and starting a new life they will encounter a plethora of opportunities to get further involved in the Emerson community.
Emerson's official website lists more than 50 organizations that students can join. Our advice is simple: Get involved!
If you wish to see a change in public policy, get politically involved. Write a letter to a Senator or Congressman, vote in local and national elections, and speak out against injustices. There are many political organizations at Emerson that students can join to further discuss important issues, including the Communication, Law and Politics Association and The Emerson College Democrats. If a student wants to run for office they can get involved with the Student Government Association (SGA).
Many opportunities lie outside of the political world as well. Organizations at our 'Campus on the Common' offer a wide variety of group activities in everything from academics to musical theatre. We have well-known comedy troupes, and groups who spread cultural awareness. From faith to film, marketing to poetry, there truly is something for everyone.
Involvement in organizations can do wonders for those who participate. They can help to build a résumé, meet contacts, forge meaningful relationships and gain precious experience. Some Emerson students feel they learn just as much or more in their extra-curricular activities, then they do in the classroom.
Most importantly, they can help keep us from succumbing to our greatest enemy--our own apathy.
So no matter what you decide to do this semester--run for office, make a film, or clean up the environment--just make sure you do something.
© Michael Corcoran