This past Wednesday, I arrived at our leadership meeting for Impact at JCC and was greeted by excited chatter from several of the other club members. I didn’t know it before that point, but it was Student Appreciation Day on campus.
I soon found out that all sorts of great things were being done for the students over in the Student Union. This included free popcorn and cookies, JCC memorabilia and apparel of all kinds, and discounts all across the book store. A few minutes later, several more people came in with things from the celebration. I was given popcorn and a cookie, even though I had not been over there myself, which was so thoughtful and kind!
It was wonderful to see everyone so happy about this event on campus. There is rarely something going on that unites student of all backgrounds, interests, personalities, and majors. But being recognized and appreciated as a Jayhawk is one area where we all can come together and be proud.
Such small acts really do make a difference in the morale of the campus. The excitement of the Impact crew was certainly the highlight, but I heard other positive rumblings about it throughout the rest of the day. College kids might be seen stereotypically as ungrateful or passive, but this recognition doesn’t go unnoticed.
And as I listened to and observed the gratitude of the student body, I was so proud to be a Jayhawk myself. We are so blessed to be part of a caring and tight-knit community. The faculty and staff at JCC really do care about the student body and want them to know that they are appreciated.
At many colleges you are just a number, but certainly not here. The fact that so many people were willing to put that kind of time and money into showing appreciation for the students was a true sign of what life at JCC is all about.
That isn’t to say that going here is without its challenges and obstacles, and we will by no means all get along harmoniously at all times. However, we are a community and a family with respect and a positive atmosphere about the population here.
That stated, as students we need to do our best to give back to JCC in the same way. Through even small and seemingly insignificant actions, we need to show the campus how special we think it is and how proud we are to be a part of it. We may feel that we can’t do much, but with some thought there are certainly many ways in which we can give back. There is always an opportunity to help, serve, or support the community. And as members of a community, this is what we are called to do.
Be positive and proud, Jayhawks! Show your love and appreciation today!