by Micah Wilkins, Editor-in-Chief
So far, despite the mass of emails, conversations and visits to the Work Program Office, none of these perspectives have joined the crew.
This is not just a WPO problem (though, they have been off their game lately), this is a campus-wide problem.
Usually, offices are supposed to help and support students, especially when it comes to fulfilling their wants and needs. And sometimes, they do help students achieve their goals. But other times, they are not helpful, and can even get in the way.
This is my seventh and last semester living on this campus and maneuvering this college, so I think it my responsibility to say, especially to those who are new to the community: if you want something done, it is entirely your responsibility to make it happen. No one else will do it for you.
We are lucky here because we live in a relatively small community. With a little under 1,000 students, staff and faculty, there are fewer people to get in our way.
Communicating and establishing contacts around campus can be helpful, but it should not be where your efforts end. Someone may have a fancy title, or a lot of power or authority, but you should not trust that they will see through whatever it is you are trying to do.
The Work Program has been one of my favorite parts about my college experience. But it is not because that office has made that a reality. Nor even have my supervisors (though they have helped). My work is fulfilling because I make it fulfilling. And I definitely do not need some office telling me where to put my energy and passion.
Before coming to Warren Wilson, I knew I wanted to be on the newspaper. I was placed on the Echo my first semester, and have stayed on the crew ever since. I arrived, and my initial thought was that the Echo was, to be honest, kind of shitty. You may think that it still is shitty, but I believe it is less shitty today, and I would like to think that myself and the other staffers in the last three years have had something to do with its improvement.
We have made the Echo into the publication that we want it to be, with no guidance from offices or Deans or the administration. With just the support of each other and our supervisor, we have kept going, carving our own path and progressing in the way that we want to progress.
If you are passionate about something, work toward it in your own way, on your own time. We all have a mission, we all have an idea of how to get that accomplished, and we should not let offices, bigwigs or bureaucracy stand in our way.