Martin Luther King, Jr once said that "An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity."
I think that as college students its easy to forget and become oblivious to what is happening around us. We forget that there is a broader world that exists and that there are broader problems outside of our own. While grades and test scores are important, it is also important that we build our sense of humanity, because it is our duty as humans to uphold standards of humanity, care, and dignity. If submerging ourselves in our studies is how we deal with issues around the globe (i.e. local & domestic issues) then nothing will be resolved and our problems will only worsen...
You might ask, well, so, um, why me? Why should I care?
Well, think about it this way: if each one of us turned our back on a human in need, who will be left? Now, think of someone you care about or truly love, what if the person in need was a person you deeply care about? Would you want someone turning their back on them? The answer lies with you. But know that we are the future, so if we don't take the initiative, then who will?
All it takes is lending a helping hand; it is truly the simplest of gestures of kindness that carry the weight of the world. It could be as simple as smiling to a stranger; sending a worthy book to someone who cannot afford an education; handing out pamphlets to raise awareness about a particular crisis around the world; or giving a donation of a useful item (clothes, food, money, etc) to someone in need.
As students within a school of health sciences, we will become the influential humans that come to another human's aid. But we must build our sense of humanity, so that no human need goes unsatisfied or unnoticed.
Let us lead more humble lives and start living for one another, rather than ourselves. Until then, I wish all of you the best of luck in your journey this semester.