Four Years of Social Justice Advocacy Leads to Job Managing Target

SAINT PETER, MN– Every September, Gustavus welcomes another 500 bright-eyed and eager freshmen, each brimming with potential and promise. Through a series of reflective orientation activities, freshmen are immediately immersed into a world of social justice and change. With no bills or mortgage and few responsibilities besides class, there is no better time to start changing the world than on the cusp of adulthood.

Involvement in social justice issues is especially high among freshmen with a 91% action rate.

Freshman Olivia Smith commented, “I’ve never felt such a strong call to action. I have a voice.” With less than two months left of her freshmen year, Smith is anxious to continue her involvement in social justice issues next year and declare a major in GWS.

Unfortunately student participation dwindles with each year. With greater financial stress, a larger workload and fewer hours of free time, students begin to find less time to change the world.

“If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em,” Junior Allie Franklin explained her major switch with a shrug. Franklin switched to a major in Management after realizing that careers in social justice advocacy didn’t offer end of the year bonuses.

“There’s no shame in working for Target. They’re a Fortune 500 firm and they offer a competitive 401k plan,” said Senior Jim Anderson. As a freshmen, Anderson was known for his disgust for capitalism.

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