A Race Against Time and Social Justice
Nicholas Arnold '15
Saint Ignatius calls juniors to lead as men and women with and for others, but he still requires us to dedicate ample time towards our own personal success. We are phenomenally busy working towards our future prosperity; we students have to manage grades, challenging classes, sports, club activities, SAT and ACT prep, and the search for colleges. Some even dedicate their time towards student government, work, and even more. All of these ventures require ample time, and of- ten, after a busy day, it seems as if there is little or no space left to address all of the important issues that are fundamental to a Jesuit education. Our school calls us to focus on both the secular and spiritual, but does our participation in all these school activities come at the cost of fulfilling the values our school asks us to embody?
The situation we work in is difficult. Receiving a Jesuit education requires us to be conscious of and act on the many issues the modern world faces today. These prob- lems include social justice issues such as global and local poverty, increasing wealth disparity, discrimination, and oppression. To champion the above causes a great deal of dedication and time- time that SI students rarely command.
Danielle Fernandez '15 commented, "We are pulled in so many directions at SI and want to be well rounded students that are also committed to justice, but junior year has so much stress and so many pressures involved in it that it seems unrealistic to ask us to do both—especially since there is such a high standard in each area."
This is not to say that there is a lack of social justice activities performed by the Class of 2015. To name a few: students tutor underprivileged children at De Marillac Academy, and others distribute sandwiches to the poor in San Francisco on comfort runs. SI encourages juniors to participate in service or immersion trips over the summer. If we are called to dedicate ourselves to social justice as much as our personal futures, a reallocation of our responsibilities is necessary.
Can SI juniors truly be people with and for others when they have so many obligations? Is it possible to balance all of the demanding activities in one’s schedule while actively challenging the injustices of society? Our school calls us to do both, but limitations of time often require one to take precedence over the other.
Students weigh their options on the scales of justice.
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