Ashyln Curley – Op/Ed Editor
In late September Boston Globe columnist Joanna Weiss featured Lasell in an opinion piece titled, “Shaking up the academic core: Mixing disciplines has brought new energy to the humanities at Lasell College.” She compared the image of college to the joyless image in “Good Will Hunting” with classic lectures of “egotistical professors” and students who aren’t thrilled to be there. But then there’s Lasell College.
Weiss painted a vivid picture on what Lasell does to get students excited about higher education while focusing on workforce training. She closed her editorial with, “It almost makes me wish I could go back to college.”
However, not every Laser appreciates and understands the value of their education here. Academic rigor has been questioned and investigated by student reporters. Students transfer out after freshman or sophomore year claiming their classes aren’t challenging enough. I used to be one of those students.
When I was an 18-year-old freshman flying through my intro courses with “A’s” because I thought the material was easy, I thought I knew everything Lasell had to teach me. I thought about sticking it out through sophomore year
and transferring to a “better” school. But when sophomore year came to a close, I began to realize something that’s still difficult to come to terms with: I don’t know everything.
Education is a two-way street. The outcome is related to the effort students put into it. Students who meet the minimum re- quirements are going to pass their courses. They’ll also think it’s easy because they don’t challenge themselves to think beyond what they already know.
Today’s students must exceed their pro- fessors’ expectations to maximize their edu- cation. It’s the only way students entering a competitive work force will turn out successful. To do this, it’s important for students to be involved on campus. Connected learning isn’t just about what you learn in your courses; it’s about becoming involved outside the classroom and developing real-world skills.
Lasell offers opportunities for students of all different majors and interests, as do other colleges. But there are some opportunities that make Lasell unique, such as the fashion show, the biggest on-campus event of the year.
Most of the activities are open to all students—an opportunity not all large universities provide. Any student can join the newspaper staff as a regular contributor. Lasell College Radio is also open to all interested students and provides the skills necessary to work in a radio station.
Lasell isn’t perfect, but what institution is? Students express changes they’d like to see, and administration does their best to take student needs and comments into account to make change. Students at a larger school would be lucky to be heard.
Weiss is correct in calling Lasell “one of those small private schools that needs to prove its value.” Students don’t come here to earn social status. Employers may recognize the big schools on a resume, but not know about Lasell College. That shouldn’t discour- age fellow Lasers. Not only will we graduate with the same skills (if not stronger) as more prestigious schools, but we’ll also leave having developed personal and professional relationships with the Lasell community. Here, we are underdogs. We work hard to prove our skills. We’re not numbers to our professors. Here, we’re people.