Why I Am a Politics Major
In their own words
"When I think about all of the things I can do with a degree in Politics, and the changes I can make in this country, there is nothing else I'd rather do with my life."
-- Alana Aleman
"I'm a Politics major and I absolutely love it because the department is one of the most intellectually innovative at Ithaca and the faculty really stresses critical thinking and serious academic work. I feel well-prepared for graduate school and the professors are so involved and dynamic that it's hard not to feel inspired. The diversity of interests allows students to specialize in just about whatever intrigues them-whether it's Islam, feminism, law, identity, the Holocaust, or area studies around the world."
-- Jesse Katen
"Part of me has always been interested in politics--that's the part of me that wants to save the world. I believe that some of the most daunting challenges in the world today--poverty, disease, war--can be solved if people can put aside their petty differences and preconceived notions and do what they know to be right. I'm not saying that a B.A. in politics from Ithaca College will immediately lead to the end of world hunger, but for me to do my part in improving the lives of my brothers and sisters, I have to understand the causes of our problems and the institutions involved in developing any possible solutions. I think of my education as a framework for changing the planet--in ways both big and small."
-- Alexander Justice Moore
"I'm a politics major because I want to get into politics and make the world a better place."
-- Billy Robinson
"I chose the Politics Department because I plan to go on to law school following my undergraduate at Ithaca College. I feel that a politics degree from Ithaca will provide with me with excellent experiences and knowledge for when I go on to grad school."
-- Mike Hackenburg
"I came to Ithaca as a journalism major and soon realized that a journalist needs things to write about, and needs an understanding of the world and how it works in order to be an effective journalist. What I have learned through my classes in the politics department has given me just that--the ability to understand, analyze and critique world events and politics. I believe this is of the utmost importance in today's media, where too few journalists have the skills or motivation to do so."
-- Kate Sheppard
"The reason that I am a Politics major is because I am interested in giving a voice to those who have been silenced. There are millions of people in this country and around the world living and dying in poverty and sub-human standards under oppressive governments/societies and I am saddened by the fact that there are what I consider even more cruel people who are willing to look the other way. I feel that it is unacceptable to just not know that people are being systematically raped and murdered in places like the Sudan. I know that it is a cliche to say that I want to make a difference, but I feel that just learning about people whose struggles have been silenced is making a difference in itself."
-- Channon Lucas
"As a Park Scholar, I came to Ithaca College set on being a Journalism student. I was trying to decide whether to minor in either business or politics. After my first class in the Politics department (Intro to Global Studies), I knew that I not only wanted to pursue politics at IC, but that I wanted to double major and be able to take advantage of the departments full range of talent and curricula. I hope to be a political journalist for a newspaper or magazine after I graduate from IC."
-- Chris Baxter
"I am a politics major because I want to change the world. Politics is probably the most important subject to study, as it affects everyone and everything. Everything else just seems inconsequential by comparison."
-- Jared Wiener
"Politics shapes everything about our world, country, state, and city... it's everywhere; and because of this I want to be well educated in this area so that I can help shape and make these political decisions."
-- Abigail Chewning
"The Politics major is a special major not only because of the fact that everything in this world comes down to politics and power relations, but also because it can be the most depressing as well as the most inspiring thing a student can encounter, with the potential to change the course of his or her life. Whether you are interested in the sciences and technologies, the stock market and multinational corporations, social welfare and civil rights, or anything in between, a good background in the socio-political field of academia will only help you understand better all other fields of study and see the subtle connections between them.
"But more than anything, the politics major will create in you the incentive to seek the truth in life beyond the realm of norm and popular discourse; it will inspire you to be better informed and more aware of your surroundings and the realities in the world, the way that any person who claims to be living in a democratic society should be."
-- Ivan Topalov
‘Politics as a career’?
‘Have you gone insane’?
‘You have lost your mind’?
These are the most common reactions given by the people of India as Politics is considered as an unfavorable career choice. Sometimes the youth don’t bother or the family forbids them from entering into politics or they simply don’t care. These are the attitudes of people towards politics as a career.
But are they really true? Is politics as a career actually bad? Is it only a money game for politicians?
The answer to the above questions is no. Politics is not a bad career choice. Rather it is one of the most challenging and hardworking career options, which not only tests one’s strength but one’s personality and aura as well. It is one of those career options, which provides a platform for the people to not only voice their opinion but also to be in the power to make that voice into a change.
Mostly when a person tries to enter politics, family and friends pull him back stating the fact that politics is nothing but a dirty power game, yet strangely when one questions them, they complain about the youth that this young, so-called ‘facebook generation’ is very self-centered and they worry more about their gadgets and parties rather than the conditions of the country. Some have gone a step further by stating that the youth today are nothing but offshoots of Britisher’s (angrez chale Gaye, yeh chod Gaye).
Today, people view politics as a game of power surrounded by corruption, scams, terrorism, communalism and rigorous laws implemented by gnarled politicians. These are also the reasons why politics is not much of a favorable career choice. However, can we, as a youngsters, comment or complain that all the politicians are corrupt when we ourselves are not far behind. Cheating in examinations or using pirated DVD’S or bribing a police official to avoid a chaalaan are all the examples of corrupt as well as not so perfect youth.
What I want to state is that neither all politicians are devils nor all are saints and same goes for every person in our country. Yet when youth wants something and decides to bring a change they are an unstoppable force. It was actually the youth who voiced their opinion and accelerated the process of justice in the Jessica Lal murder case, it was the youth which came on the streets of Mumbai after the blasts and spread the word of help via social networking sites. Another very apparent example of youth being a part of change and politics is ‘Chhavi Rajawat’ who despite having an MBA degree and job portfolio willingly went into her village Panchayat elections in early 2010 and emerged victorious. Rahul Gandhi. , Sachin Pilot, Miland Deora, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Akhilesh Yadav, Omar Abdullah etc. are some of the best examples of how people look up to these young politicians and how they have in away become the young voice of India.
The problem in today’s time is that we have a nation that lack’s charismatic leadership like that of Nehru or the utmost strength of Mrs. Indira Gandhi. As people we have to think of India as our nation rather than just a politicians’ nation and politics as a career can be the first basic step to be the part of the wave of change because we can only change a system by being in that system.
In the end I can only conclude by saying that that in the present turbulent times where people are slowly losing faith in politicians, we need people with courage and strength to step up and take the reins of the leadership and be the voice and face of India. So to the readers I can only say if you have strength to fight and courage to win with honesty in your heart, politics is the career where people really need you and will in future look up to you.