Don’t Just Sit There, Get Involved!

Students can make a huge difference in the quality of their educational experience simply by getting involved beyond the classroom. Ideas and opinions are the cornerstones of change and college students can influence policy at all levels by making an effort to speak up and learn about the processes that make higher education work in Virginia.

There are many ways to get your voice heard and your input can make a difference. Start by writing thoughtful letters to elected officials and college administrators, sharing your ideas and concerns. The college frequently hosts speakers and guests from governmental agencies, other educational institutions and local businesses and they often welcome questions and input from students. Talk to your teachers, ask them questions and see where they stand on issues that interest you.

College officials from all of the community colleges in Virginia take a few students to Richmond two times during the early days of the General Assembly in January and February to learn how the process works and provide a chance for students to meet others from all over the state. By getting involved at the level that is personally comfortable, each student can influence education in Virginia, meet new people and learn how to make a difference.

About Pam Linkous

Editor of my high school newspaper back when papers were carved into stone tablets and delivered by oxen, I now spend my days unraveling the mysteries of Blackboard (like, you mean my instructor has my paper NOW...I just accidently pressed enter....oh noooooo) and trying to understand how textbooks today cost more than tuition did when I went to college the first time. Despite needing several more hours per day to get everything done (who do I e-mail, Facebook, blog about that?), I still love to write and am willing to take on assignments that do not require staying up past my bedtime.
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