This year I have had the pleasure of sitting on the Curriculum Committee for my university committee. I really didn’t know what to expect when I joined this board, but it was interesting to say the least. Every meeting was full of energy, debate, excitement and mixed feelings about what is best for the students.
I quickly realized that even though students may feel like they are a second thought when it comes to the curriculum chosen, the committee really takes us into consideration on all decisions. They have a wide variety of faculty from all parts of campus which is helpful on getting different perspectives. Whenever changes came up to certain aspects of a degree of class, everyone would get involved in the debate of how it will effect students, and if someone felt like the students weren’t being considered enough, someone would bring the conversation back the students. I really thought that was a cool thing.
It was intimidating to join the committee at first because I was the only student on it. I wasn’t sure if anyone would respect my opinions or think I was valuable to the group because I didn’t understand the forms as much as they do. To my surprise, when I spoke up at the meetings, everyone seriously considered what I said and appreciated my input. There was one meeting that everyone was debating whether students would understand the way the bulletin phrased one class’ requirements and after a while I finally spoke up and let them know that it was common to phrase it the way it was phrased and most students understood it that way. Everyone agreed that if I thought it was fine for the students then they would keep it that way. It felt really good to be heard and to have me opinions and suggestions me taken seriously and respected.
I really think it is important for students to sit on this committee, and I would strongly encourage more students to try and get involved in it.