Back to School 2015 ARCHIVES

VIEWPOINT: Getting Involved on Campus Offers Presidential-Sized Rewards

On April 19th, 2011, Northern Virginia Community College hosted President Barack Obama’s Town Hall Meeting, the first of many stops around the country to discuss his plans on reducing the deficit. About 500 students were bused to Annandale, many of which came as delegates from other NOVA campuses. The morning before, a mass email was sent stating that interested students should sign up immediately for the meeting because space was limited.

Students who just so happened to read their email in that small time slot and wanted to attend had to get to campus right away and run to the Dean’s office before the list was full. And that’s exactly what I did.

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COLUMN: Successful Student Offers Helpful Parting Shots

When I first figured out that community college was the best option for me, I’ll admit, I got images of my education going down the drain and being generally miserable. I’d heard pretty horrible things about community colleges growing up.

Luckily, most of them were exaggerations at best, and, in hindsight, I would not trade my community college experience for the world. It was a gateway to better things, and I learned so much about myself and the world in the process. I was able to mature quite a lot, without the added stresses of living on my own.

However, I definitely would have appreciated some guidance or advice from someone who had been through community college before me. As community college is becoming a more popular option every year as students become more money-savvy, I would love to share some of what I learned through my experience here.

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VIEWPOINT: SGA Aims to Bring Students' Voices to Center

The Student Government Association is occasionally found on the back-burner of campus politics, located somewhere between "who" and "what." Unfortunately, the SGA (Student Government Association) is overlooked by some and underestimated by others -- but why?

Could it be the idea that students don't really know what they want, or maybe it could be the menacing fact that they actually have power to their voice? A

ll of these aspects may attribute, but do not define the reason. The major conflict lies in the unknown. So what is the SGA?

The SGA represents the rights, welfare, and interests of the campus student body to the campus administration. That's too formal, let's break it down.

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