Are you searching for just the right college from which to earn your Bachelor's degree? If so, you likely want a college that will offer opportunities for you to experience personal growth while making a difference in the world. If social justice is important to you, your college should share this value. After all, earning your Bachelor's degree is not just about academics. It is also about increasing your awareness of issues that should be of concern to all people.Social justice is particularly important to college students, and some of the most passionate advocates and innovators of change are students in Bachelor's degree programs around the country and world. Many college students develop a set of beliefs during college that impact the rest of their lives. You may choose to embark on a socially conscious path that only begins with college. Even your career and place of work might reflect your attitude towards social justice. The college from which you earn your Bachelor's degree should not only share your values but offer ways that you can make a positive difference in your life and others'.What should you be looking for in a socially conscious college? That depends on what you're looking for. Some colleges, particularly those with religious affiliations, have campus ministries that promote good works in the community and the world. Volunteer groups, associations that advocate for social justice, and other student organizations on campus will allow you to make a difference while you are earning your Bachelor's degree. Some schools even offer service trips, where students travel to help those in parts of the world who are struggling.Some colleges even make community service a requirement for graduation from a Bachelor's degree program! These schools recognize that an important part of every Bachelor's degree candidate's education is awareness about problems in the community and in the world at large. If you agree that volunteering to help others should be part of every college student's well-rounded experience, consider earning your undergraduate degree at a school that makes volunteer work a requirement.Also look beyond opportunities to discover how your college raises social awareness in other ways. For example, selling fair trade products in the food court and campus bookstores allows students to make a more socially conscious purchasing choice. If your prospective college doesn't sell fair trade foods, such as coffee and chocolate, why not suggest that they make the switch?Also ask what your prospective college is doing to educate students who are not particularly aware of social problems. While most students know that certain issues such as poverty and hunger exist in the world, they may not know what they can do about it. The school from which you earn your degree should do more than offer programs for students who are already socially conscious. It should reach out to educate students who are not.If you are hoping to earn your college degree at a socially conscious school, brainstorm a list of questions to ask your prospective school before making a visit. If social justice is a top priority for your college, the school is sure to publicize that fact as a selling point to prospective students.
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