Volunteers In Service To America

The schedules of college students are often very hectic. Between classes, jobs and other student requirements, there is not much time left for college students to keep track of what is happening in the news and society around them. Even though staying up to date with news may be hard for students, it is necessary.

Earning a college degree is not solely for the purpose of getting a high paying job once you graduate. College is also the place where you gain an education that can help you serve and honor the world around you. It is no secret that there are many injustices in the world today. Your college education can help you to fight these injustices and make the world a better place.

But if you are clueless to the troubles in the world around you, how can you help to fix them? How can you be beneficial to society if you have no idea what is happening in it? It is very important to remain informed about the happenings in the world we live in throughout college. Why? The reasons are abundant:

 

  •  Know to Help

The world needs you. It may seem like there is a lot on your shoulders with that revelation but it is true. There is so much that you can do with your college education. You can utilize what you will learn to help those truly in need. For example, of friend of mine studies civil engineering in college. He recently traveled to Malawi, Africa this summer with other engineering students from our school to help build homes.

This is just one of many examples of how your college education can benefit others. But if you do not know what is happening in the world you live in, how can you know where you would be best suited to help? Whether you watch the news or read it in the newspaper or on your cell phone, try to stay up to date. The more you know, the more you can help.

  •  Know to Decide

The news is a tricky thing for many people. It is often accused of being biased and only presenting certain information to the public in order to sway us all to one belief. Whatever you believe about the news, you have every right to believe. However, knowing what is presented in the news is a great way for you to decipher what you do or don’t believe and, in turn, what you do and do not want to present to the world through your career.

It is a good idea to research before forming an opinion. Keeping up to date with the news is a form of research that allows you to know more about what is offered about the society you live in and to the society you live in. If you believe the news is biased, keeping track of it allows you to know what you can do to change the news being on hand and what truth you can give to the world with your education as well as through your career of choice.

  • Know to Change

As a college student, you learn material that can be used to truly change the world. So why not use it? You have to know what needs to be changed. Staying up to date with the news and happenings in the world is a great way to know what needs to be changed in society. This helps you know what you can do to change it.

My sister is an example of this. She stayed up to date with the news her freshmen year and saw the many injustices women face around the globe. She also did her own research after deciding the news was only telling a little of the problem, now all of it. It was then that she decided to start a service organization on campus centered on aiding and seeking justice for women.

Think of it this way: would Batman know where to go to save the day if he wasn’t watching the news in the Batcave? Okay, maybe that wasn’t the best analogy (I’m a comic book lover!). The point I am trying to make is that reading or watching the news is a good way to keep track of what is going on in the world. Whether you believe what is presented or not, you can change the globe as long as you know.

 

When we get to college, students often lose themselves in the safe bubble that college campuses can create. Whether we see it up close or not, the world is still going and going. Injustices are all around us, as well as people truly in need. With the education you obtain in college, you can help this world and fight for justice. Staying informed through the news on television, newspapers or cell phones is a great way to know what is going on in the world. You can then decide what you will do to help. Stay informed scholars!

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Ashlyn Porter

Ashlyn Porter

Ashlyn Porter is a senior at the University of Dayton pursuing a degree in communication with a concentration in theater as well as a minor in sociology. A self-declared cinephile, Ashlyn enjoys watching and studying film in hopes of one day being involved in various aspects of the film industry. Her passions also include in writing, reading, baking and performing Shakespeare for her dog.
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