Mar. 24, 2017

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Kalamazoo, MI

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Est. 1877

Opinion

Kritical Love for K College

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When I got the position of Opinions editor of The Index three years ago, I was ecstatic. Not only did I have an opportunity to speak my mind, but I also had a way to do it that would reach administrators, faculty, and staff.

I’ve written articles reaching from CIP’s lack of support for students abroad, to racist students who need to get out of their heads and see the world around them. Rarely have I ever written an article congratulating the college, or commending its students. Mostly, I just express dissatisfaction with my institution.

Needless to say, I’ve made plenty of people who couldn’t be happier to watch me cross the stage and leave campus for good.

However, while I’m incredibly excited to start my life outside of K college, I’m not leaving this place with bitterness.

The reason I keep writing articles is because I genuinely think this school has the potential to change for the better.

When I came to K college, there was absolutely no policy or assistance for transgender students, nor anything resembling a support center for students of color. Now, we have an interim space and a director for an Intercultural center, and a preferred-name policy and several gender-neutral bathrooms.

While none of these things are finished, and we shouldn’t quite celebrate those small changes as if the work has been completed, they do show that K college is capable of changing.

I’ve seen and heard horror stories from other institutions where changes like these were never even spoken about because it was too hopeless.

I keep writing these critical articles for the index because I know people read them. I have people e-mailing me and asking me “what can I do?” because so many people here genuinely care and want to make this college a better place.

That said, that doesn’t mean that things will be handed to us. K college has the potential to change, but only when truly pushed by this campus community. If we want to make this campus as great as it can be, we need to keep fighting for what we deserve.

I am not only K’s greatest critic, but also a great supporter, and I can’t wait to see what future classes will do to raise this community to the standards I wholeheartedly believe they can achieve.

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