Sara, der er international studerende i Sønderborg, svarer i denne månedes telegram på spørgsmålet “What can I do to make my university better?”.
Sara (Shiyu Peng), 21 years old, Mechatronics (SDU Sønderborg)
If the facilities were a piece of land, the professors and the whole crew would be the cultivators and the students would be what grows and defines the possibilities in the future. From looking at the students at a university, one can get a good idea of its culture, discipline, vision and much more.
Students define their university not only by their grades or their achievements, but, most importantly, who they are as individuals: their cultural backgrounds, their personalities, what they believe in and what they are willing to fight for.
I believe that small things can make a big difference. Grades and academic ambitions are, with no doubt, very important for a university student. However, it is the small behavior that tells the most about how students feel and fit into their university. To me, picking up a piece of rubbish says as much as achieving 12 in an exam; failing an exam is not as bad as cheating for what one never studied; returning glasses/plates one borrowed from the canteen is much more heart warming than flattering a teacher in order to get good grades.
Yes, details tell the most. For students, it is not a need to win a Nobel Prize to make our university proud, but to care about it and put it in action: Turn off the lights when you are the last one leaving a classroom; tidy up the workshop when you finish working; return the glasses/plates you took from the canteen; cancel the false printing documents so others don’t have to wait ages for printing; don’t keep chatting in the canteen when there are tons of people waiting to eat when you can talk somewhere else.
If everyone takes a small step, we will make a big jump on the journey of making our university better.
Make Ourselves Heard
As students, we have special angles of seeing what is happening in the university. When we meet problems, the most frequently taken action is complaining. Only few think of passing the messages to someone who can change the situation. At SDU Sønderborg Campus, we currently have a student population of over 1,200, while we only had 15 participants at a meeting held by SSF and De Studerende i Centrum with a theme of How Can We Improve Alsion for Students, which I personally took part in.
This very fact made me realize that there is still a lot of work to be done to change the attitudes of students, and to remind them of the fact that THIS IS OUR UNIVERSITY. It is our right and responsibility to give opinions and make ourselves heard in order to make our university a better place for us.