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Commentary: Philanthropy goes beyond sororities

Kristen Campbell, Editor in Chief

I have never been a fan of Greek life. I went into college not wanting to rush or pledge for any sort of sorority.

I wanted to make my own way on campus and make my own friends.

I understand that you do not get friends but rather brothers and sisters that you get to hang out with during college and afterward.

But I have a sister and I do not need any more. Girls can be catty and I do not want to inherit 40-plus more sisters.

I would much rather join a fraternity because I get along with guys better. They are honest with you and could not care less about drama.

Of my close friends that I met in college, one of them is a girl. One.

She is in a sorority and I do not condemn her for it, but I personally will never join one. They just are not for everyone.

However there is one thing that interests me about Greek life. Philanthropies. It is always great to encourage generosity and giving to those in need.

Everyone, even those not involved in Greek life, should choose a philanthropy close to their heart.

If your grandparent died of cancer, see what you can do in your area with the American Cancer Society.

If someone you know suffers from an eating disorder, choose the National Eating Disorders Association.

I do not have a specific philanthropy or foundation chosen because my interest is much more vague and vast.

Any time I see a child or a baby, my heart melts and I go into a fit of giggles and smiles.

A few weeks ago I was watching “The Doctors” and it was a special episode on babies born addicted to drugs and alcohol.

These innocent children are living with insatiable desires for drugs or alcohol all because of their irresponsible mothers.

I broke down when a nurse brought out a beautiful 3-week-old baby girl because she said that once the baby was born and placed in the neonatal intensive care unit, nobody came to visit her. Not one person.

From no fault of her own, she had no family or anyone to love her but the nurses and doctors.

There is not a recognized national organization for these children, but rather thousands to help the people that are addicted to drugs by their own fault.

Yes, these foundations are created for the ending of addictions, therefore preventing drug-addicted infants.

But what about those abandoned children that are already born?

Most people looking to adopt babies would rather adopt one that is healthy than one that will develop slower and do poorly in school as they grow up.

So these children are left in the cold because nobody, not even their birth mothers, want to take the time to deal with the burden they leave.

I could go on and on about how I feel about this situation, but it is because it is close to my heart.

What I am trying to say is I encourage everyone to be as passionate about something as I am about these children.

During our winter break, we do not have class or essays or midterms.

We have time to sleep and hang out with friends. How about taking an hour or two out of those two weeks to become an aware student?

Being able to develop a drive for one subject as a philanthropy shows character.

I feel any future employer would rather an employee that can prove dedication to something than someone who could not.

Kristen Campbell, a sophomore journalism major, is editor in chief of the Campus Times. She can be reached by e-mail at kristen.campbell@laverne.edu.

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