When I was a high school senior applying to colleges, the recruiting slogan at Oberlin was, “Think one person can change the world? So do we. Oberlin College.” That was exactly what I hoped to do with my life at 18—change the world in some small way. I found my calling in education. I’m passionate about education and schools. When I agreed to serve as a Teach for America corps member in 2002, I made a commitment to doing my part to ensure that one day, all children in this nation will have the opportunity to attain an excellent education. My entire career to date, both in the classroom and my work out of the classroom as an executive recruiter, consultant and charter school founder, has been my attempt to live up to those words.
So, I’ll ask you the same question. Do YOU want to change the world? Good! You can. We all can. There are so many ways. Become a social entrepreneur. VOTE and encourage your friends to vote, too. Get involved in your neighborhood council or ward. Found an organization. Consider public service. Volunteer. When you give back, you GET BACK! Joining a non-profit Board or volunteering your time (as little as an hour a week) in a school or for a non-profit organization is incredibly rewarding. Life affirming! When you find a match with an organization whose mission inspires you, you will also likely meet new friends who have similar interests and passions.
“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.“
— Harriet Tubman