Hello to all of our new and returning Fullerton College students! My name is Joey McIntosh and I will be one of this semesters FC bloggers. I’ve been at Fullerton College since Fall 2010 and have been heavily involved with the Associated Students since I began attending FC. During my first year at Fullerton I became involved by becoming an A.S. Senator and continued through last year as your A.S. Vice President. I also served as a state level Senator from January through June for the Student Senate for California Community Colleges; which is similar to the Associated Student government here at FC, but they deal with issues on a statewide level. I will be continuing at the state level this year and focusing a majority of my time there so I can ensure all of the 2.6 million community college students are represented fairly and advocate on issues that will benefit all students. There are a lot of things happening locally and at the state level that could potentially change community colleges.
November will be a deciding factor on what changes community colleges will face, but also the UC’s and CSU’s. Why November? This is when voters will decide if they want to adopt Proposition 30, Governor Brown’s tax initiative, or not. If it fails the community college system will receive a $330 million mid-year budget cut, causing some colleges to close their doors completely. There are other serious issues that both the community colleges and students will be facing over this next year. But remember, as students we can make a difference to ensure education does not suffer during these tough economic times. I will elaborate more on these issues in future blogs.
As you can see I am passionate about ensuring students are aware of what is going on at all levels and understand the impact it can have on all of us and our educational goals. And spend a vast majority of my time staying up to date on local and state issues, as they are constantly changing. I wish everyone a great start of the Fall semester! And I encourage you to become involved in some way during your time here at FC, either through a club, student government, or a variety of other options. Good luck!
Until next time!“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, and to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson