Student Life is the backbone of my education: please don’t take it away

Photo credit: Benjamin Pecka

I started in the fall of this year, a return to college after taking some time off, with a glioma, a type of brain cancer. I was on chemotherapy and didn’t know if I’d be able to handle taking classes even part time.

After writing my first article with CCN, I fell in love with journalism.

The only conversations I’d had for a year were about cancer; and here was journalism, magical wonderful journalism. I didn’t have to talk about my baldness or my scar. I didn’t have to talk about how I was managing chemo, about how I was managing radiation, about how I was managing being suddenly sick at twenty-two. I got to ask someone else questions and tell their story.

When I became Editor-in-Chief, I felt a sense of responsibility that I had never felt before. To my staff, to the students of MCTC and to my subjects to tell the truth. This responsibility, along with the City College News community, kept me here. It kept me coming into office hours even when I had spent the night before throwing up. I made a commitment to be there, and there I was, in sickness or in health.

This is just one of the thousands of stories about Student Life clubs giving someone’s life a sense of purpose and responsibility.

Students, especially at MCTC, have difficult situations in their private lives that can feel like priorities too difficult to stay in school bearing the weight of. Student Life was my reason to stay in school, and I know I’m not alone.

Club fees are being threatened by the bill titled H.F. 2198. If this bill passes, Student Life fees will become optional. I wouldn’t have paid “optional” fees for clubs I wasn’t even a part of at the beginning of the year, and I’m willing to bet neither would you.

Student life fees are only five-dollars and twenty-five cents per credit.

Don’t be fooled by claims of tuition decrease. It would come at too high of a cost. We can’t afford to cut the programs that inspire students to be better leaders.

If you take Student Life budget away, you strip students of the ability to get involved in our college community, in the larger Minneapolis community and beyond. You strip them of the chance to learn about leadership, teamwork, and confidence. You strip them of their responsibility and purpose at this school.

Being a part of City College News wasn’t just a club for me this year. The writing, editing and most of all the relationships I formed through the paper were healing for me. These things lifted me out of the place I was put in as a cancer patient and turned me into a leader.

Please join me in contacting Bud Nornes, Chairman of the Higher Education and Career Readiness Policy and Finance Committee, or anyone who represents your district on the committee. You can find this information on the Minnesota House of Representatives website.

Bud Nornes (R) District: 08A
471 State Office Building
100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
St Paul, MN 55155
651-296-4946
E-mail: rep.bud.nornes@house.mn

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