By Alex Serrano
It’s the start of a brand-new semester at SMCC. Students are bustling from class to class, steaming mugs of joe in knit-mittened hands. Dogs are being walked on Willard Beach, waves lap at the sea wall, and the Beacon lighthouse stands tall over a shimmering Casco Bay. It’s morning again at SMCC. While enrollment may be down, tuition on the rise, and the general curriculum in a stand-still between liberal arts and technical studies, the campus stands as a shining bastion of camaraderie.
I think it’s fair to say the world’s had a rough couple months. One might go on to say that we’re in for another sixteen or so rough months. But as a campus, that kind of thinking is simply unproductive. Why care about our national partisan squabbles when there are pencils to be sharpened, tests to be taken, and sleepless nights of thankless studying to look forward to? In these divisive times, sometimes it pays to sit down and reevaluate our situation.
We all study on a beautiful campus, make up a very diverse student body and numerous clubs, and need the drive to keep it all going semester to semester. Essentially, we have too much going for us to sacrifice our sense of community over some vague partisan infighting. Senate meetings are contentious enough without arguing over who gets to pay for a wall.
There’s one thing we know for certain: Participation makes the world go ‘round. Whether for you that means political activism, joining your local vintage car club, or engaging in Student Senate, there’s a place for every myriad interest and skill here at SMCC.