Now it’s not just Barack; it’s up to us!

Ken Corn (USA, UWCAC)

Dear Students, Colleagues and Friends –          

As I’m sure you realise, as an American, I am delighted and thrilled by the election of Barack Obama to become the 44th president of the United States.  I also realise that though many of you didn’t have the vote in this electoral process you too have a great stake in the outcome, and many of you are as excited and hopeful as I am.

Yet, the election was the easy bit (believe it or not).  Now the real work begins.  Barack Obama recognises this and I am confident that he and his team will do their utmost to bring about the real sense of positive change that is so desperately needed for the US and the rest of the world.  But nothing positive can be accomplished without the hard work and energy of all of us to transform these necessary changes into solid realities.

I urge us all to do what we can to help make it so.  If you look to the UWC Mission Statement and indeed our own AC Statement, these are the areas which I believe will be at the forefront of the new administration’s agenda, and we should re-affirm them in ours.

We are all Global Citizens, and we need to act like this together.

We all need to take up the challenges of Environmental Responsibility.

There will be a re-newed call for Service and we must continue to answer this.

We must use the privilege of Education to Transform ourselves and the world.

And just as Obama was awarded Scholarships Based on Merit we must affirm this as a fundamental goal.

I am more hopeful than I have been in a long time, but I know that the future will present us with myriad tough challenges.  Whatever your feelings about American politics, let’s savour this moment of possibility and seize the initiative to forge a better future.  What else are we here for?                                      

       Yours in anticipation,   KEN CORN

 -United World College Student Magazine-


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