By Kimberly Treloar |Staff Writer|
Life here is not as bad as we think it is. Take a moment to pause and look at the world around you.
There are people who starve and go without clean drinking water. There are people who are murdered for their beliefs or simply for being of the wrong ethnic background. Women and children are kidnapped and sold into sexual slavery.
I think that it is time that students look at how much easier life is here in the U.S. compared to different parts of the world.
What are you doing in your life right now?
Complaining about not getting the classes you want? Texting your friend while you sit on the couch, wondering who the next American Idol will be?
Spending hours surfing the Internet is not that important, when you really think about it.
We really need to stop whining and being so lazy. We should be ashamed of ourselves at how inactive we have become and how selfish we are.
What if the roles were reversed and we were the ones suffering?
We would hope that someone would find it in their heart to care about us. There are indeed people in the world that are in those positions, and we are in the position to help.
Every person in this world deserves to have comfort and safety in their lifes without the fear of someone harming them or of starving to death.
Did you know, currently, Indonesia has at least 650,000 prostitutes of which 30 percent are children?
There are an estimated 10 million prostitutes in India with around 160,000 Nepalese women that are held against their will in India’s brothels according to the website VDay.org.
The V in V-Day stands for victory, valentine, and vagina.
The website is a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls.
We as students should be setting an example for others by getting more involved in different global organizations. As students we may not always have time to get involved because of work and classes.
That is still no excuse.
Students now have the opportunity to get involved with organizations through their websites or by liking them on Facebook.
By liking them you can get their status updates and even see ways in which you can get more involved.
Liking them on Facebook will also allow your friends to see you support that cause and then they can get more information on getting involved.
I’m a full time student, engaged, work as an Ambassador for the Sjogrens Syndrome Foundation and I still find time to get involved with VDay.org and their events in my community.
CSUSB has several events that they do throughout the school year to raise awareness and get the student body involved.
The Cross-Cultural Center that is located in the SMSU building holds events to raise cultural awareness.
“It’s our goal to try to open students’ eyes to other cultures,” said Jessica Bracamontes, graduate assistant for the Cross-Cultural Center.
The goal is to have other students get a taste of another culture and hopefully spark a curiosity that will make them want to learn more and get involved.
Figure out what you are passionate about and how you can contribute, then begin to search for organizations that you can be a part of.
If you have a very active life you can become engaged by taking 10 minutes of your time to read up on Facebook about the organization’s current status.
You can encourage your friends and family to get involved with you which would be a tremendous bonding experience.
If you have more time you can contact the organization and see what it is that you can do to help support them.
If you are driven enough to the point where you feel you need to be there physically helping and working for those in need, that is great and you should pursue that.
Joining the Peace Corps is also an option for college graduates, the organization filling 90 percent of volunteer positions with those with bachelor’s degrees, according to its website.
There are many ways to make an impact in somebody’s life and you can start by making a difference in your own neighborhood.
Many people in America still go to bed hungry at night, if they have a bed at all.
People are in need no matter what the country they are in may be.
We need to stop being inactive and start being proactive in things that matter.