Growing up, I always knew that I HAD to go to college. There were no “ifs, ands, or buts” it was just something I thought people did. I graduated from Chapman University with a Bachelors Degree in Public Relations & Advertising from the Dodge College of Film & Media Arts. I feel so fortunate to have experienced going to college, getting an amazing education, and utilizing what my professors, friends, and mentors have taught me during that time. I am glad I did it, and I am VERY, UNBELIEVABLY thankful to the people who helped me get through it. College isn’t as easy as some people think, so I am glad that I had the support that I did.
This month, SOME SMART PERSON has decided to raise the tuition in California universities 30%. THIRTY PERCENT!!! ARE YOU KIDDING ME???? How do they expect us to move forward in life in a way that some of us think is best for us? Yes, some of us will not go to college. They will follow a path that is best for them. But for those of us who believe that a higher education is the way to reach our dreams, how will we do it if the tuition is unrealistically astronomical??
The fight for education has always been present in America. From the poor, women, blacks, and now ANY minority, there has always been someone struggling to learn. We have gone through The Great Depression. We have lived through Women’s Suffrage. We have survived Segregation. Now, it really does not matter who or what you are. If you don’t have any money, you just can’t go to college. Well YES, you can. You just need to take out a billion dollars in loans like I did. Or you can ask Mommy and Daddy for a $50K check every school year. OK, that’s an exaggeration, but seriously. Who can afford to pay for college these days with the way things are going? Not many. So this past week, students at UC Berkeley and UC Santa Cruz protested the tuition increase. As they should! So many students at UC’s receive financial aid. Without it, they wouldn’t be there. So what are they going to do now that financial aid might not be an option? A lot of them will either say fuck it and move out of state, or they will go to community college. Since the state of California decided to cut so much out of the education budget, no student is safe. A lot of community colleges have had to cut back on programs and teachers. So not fair! As community colleges will become more impacted due to this tuition increase at state schools, help is needed now!!!
So if anyone reads this, I ask you. Think about what $20 could do for a student. That’s two cases of Natty Light (plus tax), of course, haha :). That’s a few notebooks for the semester. That’s partial health insurance for the year, ($32 for the year I hear). If you ask ten people for $20 that’s a couple of text books (used) for one class. Think about it. Think of how $20 could have helped you when you were in school. (That’s a lot of Jack in the Box Tacos!!!!)
Please check out the San Mateo County Community Colleges Foundation web site and see how you can help. The time is now to help our youth create a better future. HELP US!!!!