Wednesday, October 12, 2011

'it takes a village'

That's a very popular phrase - it takes a village to raise a child. And I've been thinking about it for a while now. I'm on the Homecoming spirit street team at school, and as a member I've been given the opportunity to deliver spirit packs to various different offices around campus.

Have you ever thought about how a university is basically a teeny tiny nation? There is the president, who makes all the grand decisions. There's the provost and deans of all the different colleges, they serve as the rest of the government. There's the students. We serve as the civilians. There's the faculty that we interact with - they are half teachers (like they really are), half newscasters, telling us what the university expects of it's citizens. Then there are tons and tons of service people.

Here's another example: In my senior year of high school, I was involved with painting the set for the school play.  My name was no where on the program, no one really knew about my involvement - but the set was BEAUTIFUL, and everyone benefited. Think of the university as a theater or movie - there are the faculty that we interact with (the ones who teach classes), but there are tons of people that we don't interface with, who do all the backstage work. There are tons of people who we interface with, but don't acknowledge, like extras in a movie - or the woman who serves you at Chik-Fil-A.

I'll bet, for every ten students who live on campus, there's at least 2 employees who serve them (this includes the professors). It's probably more but that's my made up statistic and you get the idea.

This post has been kind of disjointed and rant-style, but you see my point, don't you? Look for the people that make your school a school, that serve you everyday so you can have a better education, and thank them. (This doesn't just apply to universities - high schools are operated in a same serve-the-students way).

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