I am FIRED UP!
The semester is wrapping up and the summer is almost here! But before we get to the graduations, recitals and weddings that this month promises, I want to talk about the kind of heat that comes–not from the sun–but from within…
I’m fired up about the passion that I’ve seen in my students this semester. They are proving that the pen is, indeed, mightier than the sword as they tackle the serious issues that concern them. You may remember that I challenged them to do research projects on topics of their own choosing. My only requirement was that it be a topic for which they are passionate!
I must say, that for the most part these have been the most interesting end-of-the year essays I’ve ever read in a Freshman Composition class! These students took thier jobs seriously and charged ahead into issues they cared about:
- improving the athletics program at our school
- questioning the relevance of HBCUs
- challenging contentions within a religious organization
- calling for better waste management in the Bahamas
- and appealing to the officials at Rykers Island to reconsider their use of solitary confinement.
These are just a few of the problems that they tackled and even as they understood the limitations of their power, they also felt the excitement that comes with the possibility that somebody might actually listen to them! Imagine if something they’ve said reaches the ears of someone who can do something?
That is the power of the pen. The power to transform words to life. That’s what motivates me and I’m excited to see the light in their eyes as it seems to have motivated them as well.
There’s another issue that one of my students wrote about and, by coincidence, I discovered this movie short that addresses it. Watch this powerful performance, then let’s all get FIRED UP! Because words mean nothing if they don’t lead to action.
I’m motivated to do something, how about you?