Friday, October 20, 2006

Where is the Pride and Respect?

I work at a community college library. The library is brand-new and just opened at the end of August. It's a beautiful library. As large as my undergraduate library. And so many great resources. They library itself is wonderful and was carefully planned to include many "green" features.

Well, I was reading in the campus paper that someone defaced a wall inside the library last week with a black Sharpie. When the paper interviewed other students about the vandalism, the common response was "I don't really care. I have no real connection to this school." That just made me so mad!

I know community colleges are typically for students just passing through to a four-year college. But this one is so great and has such tremendous resources for a junior college. People just don't appreciate anything. It's this whole sense of entitlement that I often experienced at the public library. And it hard to know how to instill a sense of pride in the students. And a true appreciation of all the benefits and privileges they get by being students here. instead, they take things for granted and don't even care when their wonderful new library gets defaced.


Genevieve said...

oh, that is terrible!

Amy H. said...

You work at a community college - get used to that attitude. All you can do is the best that you can do - you will meet students who appreciate the school and value their education there, but they are the minority.

Someone who knows the community college "game" - Amy H.