“The world is my idea: this is a truth which holds good for everything that lives and knows, though man alone can bring it into reflective and abstract consciousness. If he really does this, he has attained philosophical wisdom.”
-Arthur Schopenhaur (1788 – 1860)
Students, staff and faculty at the University of Alaska Anchorage all have an idea of what it means to be a part of campus life. Campus life is like a living, breathing, conscious organism, existing in the realm of abstract perception of the environment grounded in academia. Day in and day out, the university circulates students through the veins of the spines, to the heart of the campus, functioning for the aim of higher learning.
The academic ecosystem of UAA and other colleges across the nation are developed based upon individual aspirations and desires. Some colleges though, especially graduate schools, can be strictly designed to bury student's faces in books giving them little chance to socialize without jeopardizing class performance. At UAA social outlets exist providing a fair opportunity to engage and interact with others, while still providing quality education. The relationships one develops and the path one chooses while attending a university can often dictate the patterns, outcomes and future lifestyles for the life that lies beyond college.
The variety of interests within a given university is vast. Certain students only come to UAA to get to class and get out, quickly scurrying through the snow to their cars to get to jobs or back home, away from campus. Others like to hangout to study, socialize or graze at the various dining facilities. Employment opportunities are abundant at UAA allowing students to work in the educational atmosphere.
Whatever the case may be, the university is there for people who want it as a second home or just a place to be in and out. How one approaches such a richly filled setting depends on their personal educational interests. For example, broadcast majors can not only take the courses they need to get their Journalism and Public Communication degree, but also can get hands on experience by volunteering or working at the campus radio station KRUA 88.1 FM.
Full-time faculty members have returned to university life for careers in education and administration. Out of a conscious or subconscious desire to continue feeling the energy a college campus emits, most faculty members from guidance counselors to professors sincerely care for the student's best interest. Many professors are passionate about their particular field of study. Wanting only to pass on the knowledge or inspire someone to follow a similar pursuit is the reward some professor's desire to receive.
The college student alone is left to decide what the university holds for them and what contributions they want to return. Everybody has something different to offer and in an academic setting like a college campus, new ideas are bound to arise. Good communication and positive goals open the doors for college students to build life long relationships, gain an education and even change the world.