Fight for Your Education

   Educations Funds are being cut, causing a regular rise in college tuition across New York (as well as the entire United States). More and more students are dropping out, with their debts going unpaid. It's time to take action.

   On February 26, 2015, I took a bus ride from the Greater New York City area, to our state's capital, Albany, with NYPIRG (New York Public Interest Research Group) for Higher Education Action Day. Hundreds of students from CUNY and SUNY schools, traveled to fight for TAP and Financial Aid reforms. Finally, I had the chance to meet my state's senators and assembly members, face to face. I was going to lobby, and represent the Borough of Manhattan Community College. 

   The bus ride lasted for about three hours. I put on my headphones, listened to Kapiwolf, and stared out the window. I felt ready. I was taking action towards what I strongly believe in. Free education across the nation. Once we got to our destination, we were warmly welcomed with speeches and free food. "Thank your politicians, for they take time out of their day to meet with you face to face, so that they can listen to your stories about your struggles as a student in New York! Thank you for coming all the way here, we are proud of you!" We disperse, and head out to our designated senators' offices.

   Education isn't a priority for the system. The people who want to help us fight for our education funds, don't have the capabilities of doing so. All the senators were prevented from meeting with us, because they all had to attend a "meeting" at the exact date and time, of our arrival. This is not what the United States should be about. Europe is making education free for its own citizens, as well as foreign. Student debt continues to rise, causing the economy and quality of our lives to be further pushed down. You need to represent what you stand for. Don't give in. Don't give up.

   FIGHT FOR YOUR EDUCATION! WHEN OPPORTUNITIES RISE TO REPRESENT SOMETHING LARGER THAN YOURSELF, DO IT.

Paulie Rosanski