One of the most inspiring identities of this university is the motto, “what starts here, changes the world.” By obtaining an education from UT I have no doubt that it is possible to change the world after graduation.
Though there are several ways in which graduating Longhorns aspire to change the world, what a better way to do so than by granting the gift of education to others.
I’m a firm believer that education is the strongest tool to create positive change in this world. Therefore, I’m extremely proud of all the Longhorns who will be joining Teach For America (TFA) next year. As a society, we currently face one of the most difficult times in recent history in terms of societal issues. As a young generation, this is thus far THE challenge of our lifetime.
From my own experience this past three years on the 40 acres: I have seen the effects of homelessness in Austin, the negative consequences that result from children dropping out of school, and the lack of education opportunities for minority students and those who come from low socio-economic backgrounds.
However, despite all the societal chaos of our time, today I feel hopeful. Extremely hopeful that fellow Longhorns have decided to commit their lives after graduation to bridge the education gap. Hopeful that Longhorns will shape generations of future college students. Hopeful that Longhorns, every day, are committed to helping others. But most important, hopeful that our university’s motto will be transferred to the rest of the world through our TFA corps members and the rest of us.
So thank you to all the dedicated Longhorns who will be joining TFA next year, and to all those who are already contributing to provide the world-class education that every child deserves — it is a mere human right.
Congratulations Longhorn TFA corps members, go change the world!
Always proud to be a Longhorn.