OPINION: K-State 8 courses translate into post-grad life — but only if you let them


Kansas State has made it clear through their standard requirement of the K-State 8 courses that there is a need for well-rounded and open-minded people in the professional workforce.

It has also been made clear that our diverse information and experiences received from the efforts of the university will pave a way to set students apart from others of different educational backgrounds.

For example, K-State offers a multitude of courses that can help to develop our minds to be progressive and forward thinking. These courses range from studies in leadership itself, gender communication, sociology, human sexuality and a plethora of different ethnic studies. Many students take these courses at part of the K-State 8 — a set eight subject categories including aesthetic interpretation, human diversity and global issues and perspectives which students are required to take courses in

In these courses, we begin to evaluate the magnitude of mindfulness needed to uphold the integrity that makes all others feel valued.

It is up to us to receive the information with a readiness to learn, retain the information with compassion for others and implement what we have learned through our actions with confidence.

As a spring 2019 graduate, I am now enduring the process of applying for jobs and building a stronger network through connections.

I plan to be the leader and innovative thinker that my time at K-State has made me become, but it isn’t as simple as it once was in college.

I have found that when I’m looking for jobs and making these connections that I rely heavily on my own personal code of ethics. This code of ethics was formed through my own moral compass and the knowledge and resources that I have received through my college experience.

Every ethical dilemma that I have encountered thus far has been a matter of justice versus order.

I have to ask myself: Will I be committed to supporting justice for people and situations that may not have the privilege to claim it for themselves? Or am I going to be committed to the order and guidelines already set into place to benefit the greater good?

In all honesty, there should be a balance of both but it’s subjective. You decide which question takes priority.

There is much more at stake now because it’s about more than simply getting a good grade or learning for fun. We join the workforce with the opportunity to make circumstances better or worse for other people.

It would be easy to take the completion of certain courses as a qualification to move forward without giving additional thought on certain topics and subjects, but we should be eager to continue in what we have learned to make the world a better place for those who live in it.

Mykia Carrell is a senior in mass communications who graduates this summer. The views and opinions expressed in this column are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Collegian. Please send comments to opinion@kstatecollegian.com.