By Claire Gault
People generally criticize universities for creating idealism in their student body. Clubs are formed around environmentalism, feeding the hungry, and other concepts that are often dismissed as humanitarian, yet unattainable. As a member of the Climate Reality Project, I receive comments like, “That’s nice, but I don’t think it [clean energy] will happen.” We are content to accept what we seemingly cannot change.
We can make change. I promise.
Briefly clear your mind of your schedule, homework, and your endless to-do list; think about what excites, angers, or intrigues you. There are others out there that feel the same way. Together, there is power in persistence. Together, we can make change happen. MSU holds so much passion for change – groups that are protesting, celebrating, talking, and bringing issues into the public spectrum. Embrace the idealism. College is a place of gathering and leading people to accomplish the impossible.
If you are a freshman like myself, pay close attention to this in particular. Don’t be afraid. It’s easy to doubt your voice, trust me, I know from experience. Speak loudly and care loudly. Devote yourself to whatever is calling you. Spartans Will.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
– Margaret Mead