Balancing Academics and Activism: Student Testimonials
When students first get inspired to do social justice work they often find an incredible energy and enthusiasm that can help motive them in everything they do. But most also find it hard to achieve balance in their lives. The more you know about the problems of the world, the more you feel like you should do. And the more skills you have to make a difference, the more you know you can do. That ability to make a real difference can feel great. But it can also lead to burnout, bad grades, and no time for the things that sustain you in life, like strong personal relationships, sleep, and exercise.
The ICCE is committed to helping grow students in their capacity to building a better world and to prepare them to do that work, wherever they go, for the rest of their lives. It is hard to sustain a life of commitment to social justice goals, if you don’t also make good progress in getting through school and if you don’t learn to take good care of yourself.
We asked student organizers, who had applied for our Student Leadership Award to tell us how they managed to balance their organizing work with their school work. Here are their words of wisdom: Balancing Academics and Activism
Obtain a Certificate in Leadership and Social Change
A Certificate in leadership prepares students
to be leaders in their communities and gain in-depth knowledge of the social structures
that define our world. Acquiring a certificate
will develop the personal skills and practical knowledge required to transform those structures.
For more information, see the certificate website
or contact Cynthia Kaufman, Director of ICCE or Jessica Hamilton, Community Organizer, for further clarification.
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