EDITORIAL: Start your semester right by getting involved

Headed into its 50th anniversary, County College of Morris still sets out to defy stereotypes of a community college by giving its students even more individual and communal opportunities outside of the classroom this semester. Now, it’s our job to take advantage of them.

While it’s rather easy to get caught up in the frantic nature  of a new semester, with a sea of syllabi filling up our free time and the weight of textbooks dragging us down, it’s important to let ourselves, as students, engage in the community around us on campus.

It’s only January, and there are already plenty of activities you can take part of. The Student Activities Programming Board will host its semesterly Welcome Back Bash at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 30 in the Student Community Center where students can meet club leaders and get a feel for which clubs suit their interests. Some other upcoming events are SAPB’s Valentine’s Day Teddy Bear Factory at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13 in the SCC, the New Social Engine’s Wing Eating Contest at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20 in the SCC, and the Black Student Union’s Black History Month Art Show at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27 in the SCC.

The school already planned out a Passport Day in April where the CCM community will get the chance to obtain passports through Morris County. In addition, students can take part in numerous social events like a Roller Skating Party from NSE a Comedy-Magic Show from the SAPB, and a performance of the musical Follies.

This is just a taste of how much is in store for us this semester, with various clubs, such as the recently reinstated Student Government Association, and committees constantly hosting events on and off campus.

These events exhibit the hard work and effort that goes into raising the standards of this college each and every semester. Preparation from both faculty and fellow students for the musical alone begins the very first day of the semester.

With that being said, none of these efforts mean anything without the participation and activism from the study body. Simply attending a show or even joining a club contributes to the great cause of continuing to make this college a better place.

This college doesn’t have to just be a place where you rush through your two years and move on “to somewhere better.” You’re allowed and encouraged to reap the benefits in exploring the opportunity that this school has for students to grow, as individuals and a community.

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