Along with homework, sleeping and enjoying their finals years of adolescence, some university students are devoting their time to bigger issues. Students are becoming members of anti war groups, getting involved in political campaigns, fighting for human rights and much more. Many students who are involved in groups listed above are doing some unimaginable things.
- Ben Joyce, a 22- year-old student at Borough Manhattan Community College may become the youngest member the New York state congress. He is the Socialist Workers Party pick for the 7th Congressional district in New York. His hopes are that the working class will get better representation and support by the SWP and that Americans will see that the two party system is not sufficient enough for them to get this support.
- Racing against the clock, Josh Sommers has been working to save his own life. In 2005 Sommers was diagnosed with chordoma, a rare case of cancer that effects the skull or the spine. Sommers, an engineering major, found out that the one research facility for chordoma was at Duke University Medical Center. In the past two years he and his mother have founded the Chordoma Foundation and has helped researchers speed up the research process for a cure.
- The Cherry Blossom Project, a project by MIT’s graduate student Alyssa Wright, is an anti-war mobile art piece. A backpack filled with confetti is strapped on Wright’s back in order to bring awareness of the Iraqi casualties to the public. The confetti has names of Iraqis who have been killed by the war. In order for the confetti to be released the backpack must be worn in a certain spot in Boston that correlates with a bombing point in Baghdad.
Even though, these students are doing things that are getting media attention, it doesn’t mean that other groups are not making a difference or doing something big on their own campus. At MU students in groups are working to make a difference in their own backyard.
- Volunteer programs through the University YMCA
- Volunteering at a local after school program such as Granny’s House
- Joining an organization on campus or starting your own through ORG