This is my last column for The Daily Pennsylvanian. My goal for ‘The Ernest Opinion’ was to make you think and speak.
I cannot say that my role as an elected representative on campus has been best used to advocate for students. Many campus issues that I encountered as a Quaker have not been addressed by the UA.
Time after time, I’ve noticed that the individuals who end up advocating for students are ordinary members of the Penn community with an extraordinary story to tell.
Yes, college is stressful. The constant demands and expectations can take a toll on how we treat one another, but that doesn’t excuse us from being respectful.
Stories about students who receive full financial aid are usually accompanied by an amazing tale of how they overcame obstacles.
For his incomparable dedication to serving the less fortunate, while catering to the middle class, I whole-heartedly endorse President Barack Obama for a second term.
To all Ivy League student government leaders out there: stop plotting for tomorrow and start caring for your campus.
Du Bois is not just a space for black students. It is a college house for students of all cultures.
For most of my life, I aimed to prove others wrong. I strived to defy the socioeconomic gravity that tried to pull me down.
This arbitrary rule distracts from the substance of elections and leads to petty violations.
Civic mentors may not be campus celebrities but they are the true unsung leaders on campus.
In many ways, Penn is the best it’s ever been. How many colleges can boast a no-loan financial aid policy for undergraduates, some of the most impressive (and newly renovated) dining halls or a president that can stand on her head? Not many.
While the media and politicians attempt to convince us that we live in a post-racial society, the truth is, self-segregation persists and is a natural instinct.
Don’t just be a passerby on Locust Walk, that will only increase your chances of suffering a mid-college-life crisis.
In many ways, acceptance to Penn is a blessing and a responsibility. It is a fortunate chance to launch a better life and an even greater task to maintain it. If you don’t feel a level of high spirits for such a worthy burden, then you’re just lying to yourself.
Our societal mindset has shifted to thinking that racial slurs do not have the same impact as they did in the past. Many scholars and critics, arguing for the idea of a “post-racial society,” claim people see beyond race and more into individuality.
Penn’s current policy encourages students to become repeated offenders and develop poor health habits.
Students of color, like me, need to realize we do not have to deal with the pressures of college life on our own. We need to stop feeling like an outsider in our community and truly take advantage of the resources offered.
My strong support for Israel did not happen overnight. It developed through an informed process. I knew that if I was going to consider myself a social activist, I had to be trained, informed and mindful of my decision.
My mother taught me that problems are best addressed face to face. As confrontational and initially aggressive as that suggestion might sound, it is one of the most empowering things that a civilized individual can do.