He Said, She Said: September 10

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TAMMY STELNICKI, SOPHOMORE, ASU

What does education mean to you?
Education means a lot. I mean, not everyone is open to education throughout the world. I think it is really important [that]we take every opportunity when are handed [them]. In America, we are handed a lot of opportunities and a lot of people don’t realize that you can better your life situation from people around you through taking every opportunity you can, working hard and studying.

Why did you want to go to college?
I wanted to come to school because [of]the way I was brought up. My family always pushes for us to strive to be the best we can be. There are so many opportunities [to be]educated throughout the world.

What do you appreciate about your education?
All the experiences that school has brought me, like finding all the things that I otherwise [would have]no idea about. For my Chinese major, I’m learning a whole different culture…Education just opens your eyes to different things [that]you otherwise wouldn’t think about or even know you don’t know. So I like the fact that you can learn things that you don’t know [that]you don’t know about.

ERICK PAULINO, PHD STUDENT, ASU

What does education mean to you?
Well, I’m a PhD student, so I love education…It means I can envision a positive future. It was my way out of poverty, [and the]economic and social situation [in]which I was born. I was born [to]a single mother in poverty… in a community that didn’t have a model for education beyond high school. Education has been a source of empowerment and achieving personal and financial autonomy.

Why did you want to go to college?
I love learning and I knew that [was]a way out for me. You know, I’m not an athlete or a musician, so I knew if I stuck to books and pursued my education. I could maybe, possibly have a life that I want to live.

What do you appreciate about your education?
It has given me a sense of understanding [of]myself and the world around me differently. I wouldn’t be the person I am if it wasn’t for education. It has allowed me to understand the society and myself, my role in society, how I [am]perceived [by]society and how I perceive others. That’s crucial for my field of study. It’s been empowering.

 

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