From the Editor: Pinch of gratitude adds flavor to life

It’s lunchtime, and empty stomachs and impatient students pack into Daly’s. A young man strolls over to the pizza station. To his complete and utter dismay, there is no pizza. He throws his arms up in despair, cursing to the ceiling that there’s never pizza readily available to satisfy his many needs. He complains and complains until he’s red in the face, never noticing that a Daly’s cook stands right in front of the oven, getting ready to take out a fresh batch.

Honestly, I just can’t stand that kind of behavior. Some students complain too much. It seems like they’re never happy. It drives me crazy. I can’t deal with it anymore, and I’m so fed up. Everyone is the problem, everyone is annoying and everyone is an issue…

See, complaining is aggravating, isn’t it?

But really, why are college students too often complaining? In the clouded, tunnel vision of many students, it’s all the university’s fault.

That pizza should have been ready, especially in the middle of the lunch rush. Yet, if that pizza had been served early, students would complain it was undercooked.

Students complain that there aren’t enough clubs to join on campus. But wait — then they complain about the variety of clubs we have now. People whine about school spirit, only to never attend sports games and then later complain about Rider defeats. Students rage over the lack of information regarding security issues provided by the administration. Then, when the administration tries to keep students updated, they complain of TMI.

Many Rider students confine themselves to negativity, and in turn, never release an ounce of gratitude for what their life or their country or their university provides them. The pizza may not be punctual, but there are young adults our age who can’t even afford a slice. There are other colleges where the pizza doesn’t look or taste anything like pizza. There are people who have never tasted pizza at all, and others who never will. Shouldn’t we be grateful for what is provided to us, rather than whine about issues that are, in the bigger picture, so astronomically tiny?

Rider University will never be perfect. But that doesn’t mean that hundreds of employees aren’t working to keep us satisfied. Instead of pouting over the things that aren’t perfect, why not dust the cobwebs off a different lens and try to see the positive?

Rider is ranked as one of the top schools in the Northeast, and we have great professors and impressive academics. We boast a diverse student population, and in turn enjoy clubs and activities for nearly all interests and cultures. The gym, completely free, offers a variety of workout classes. Our Westminster campus relishes in one of the world’s best college towns.

When so many students complain habitually, it sparks a domino effect of whining, followed by sulking. Even the new zika virus isn’t as contagious as negativity. We expect everyone to be excited about this university, to be working to make it better, but all some do is wallow in the small stuff.

How can we get people to care? How can we attract new students? How can we change things? One thing is certain: Stop complaining. Remember that the next time someone complains about Rider pride around here.

Of course, this doesn’t mean that we should just sit quietly all the time, with our legs crossed and our hands folded. No, if you’re upset or dissatisfied with any aspect of campus life, then do something about it. You want a new club? Fine, follow the steps and present your idea to SGA. Are you unhappy with academics or budget cuts? Take a lesson from the Save My Major Coalition and speak up.

But don’t stop there. Petition, speak with administrators, consult professors.

Don’t just grumble to your friend and keep walking, because you’ve accomplished absolutely nothing besides wasting your breath and spreading more discontent.

Gratitude allows new practice gyms to be built. It invites new scholarships for students. It funds productions, programs, buildings, events. People who were grateful to this university have made it what it is and have handed us so many of our opportunities. That is the true power of a pinch of positivity.

And that’s not all. If we tried being grateful, we can finally get the most of our college experiences. Positivity can allow each of us to start seeing some diamonds instead of coal. And with a little gratitude, maybe we’ll be able to look beyond our narrow views and finally see this sweet old world with 20-20 vision.


The weekly editorial express the majority opinion of The Rider News. This week’s editorial was written by the Opinion Editor, Samantha Sawh.


Printed in the 02/03/16 issue.

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