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ITS THAT TIME! GRADUATION! :D ahhhhh crazyyyy moment for me reliving all this again…
What I will always admire about San Francisco State University is the University’s commitment to serve the community. In all the classes that I experienced during my time at SFSU, it was clear that community engagement, giving back, was a priority in many professors curriculum. It gave students more understanding to why we were learning about the Third World Liberation Front, why SFSU has the only college of Ethnic studies in the nation, and why students like me continue to give back to the community – it stemmed from our roots and our history.
I grew to love SFSU as time went on. I met several faculty who moved and inspired me to learn, experience classes that made me critically of the world in a different way, and joined organizations like the Pilipino American Collegiate Endeavor (PACE) to learn more about my roots. I’m sure other college campuses have a similar model like SFSU; however there is something deeply rooted in SFSU that makes it more special than the rest.
College for me was not only about projects and deadlines, but also understanding and learning more about myself through the classes I took. These classes gave me insight to other cultures and teaching that I related back to my own Pilipino culture. At one point, I became so versed with Asian American issues and topics that I became comfortable enough to facilitate workshops for others. Through this, I was able to teach what I learned and give back to my community – it gave me purpose. Never did I think I was going to have an opportunity to give back to my community the way that I did. It was amazing.
Sometimes it felt more like a right of passage for me to give back. No one forced me to do outreach or be involved; I just felt the need to do something during my time. Yeah I went to college to learn, but SFSU really taught me that there’s more to learning than just sitting in a classroom – you have to engage with the community around.
College was never boring. I always had something to do each day. It was exciting and each year a new batch of students came to have the same opportunity to experience that. So when folks ask what college to choose from, I of course boast about SFSU, but you’ll have to experience it for yourself to understand.
College ultimately is an opportunity of enlightenment – whether a community college, public university, or UC, college is a stepping stone to reach our full potential as human beings. When we choose to make a difference we can impact our community in so many ways.
Thank you SFSU, you’ve given me so much more than just a degree, you’ve given me a template of how I can impact the world one day at time.
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