Today the NC Justice Center’s Education & Law Project kicks off an occasional series entitled: “Why I’m a North Carolina Education Voter” (aka #NCEdVoter). We kick off the series with this submission from college student Sam Chan of Wake County:
Growing up in Cary, North Carolina was like growing up in a bubble of privilege. In school, there was not a lot of diversity within me and my classmates’ socioeconomic status and parent education. I lived in a bubble and while I was aware that Cary was an affluent town, I didn’t think much about what the rest of North Carolina was like and the differences in public education across North Carolina.
With my experience in public education, I was given the tools to do anything I set my mind to. My teachers inspired me to think outside of the box, think about the world around me, and think and reflect about my own privileges and experiences. I learned how to critically analyze books and how to be mindful about companies’ environmental impact.
It wasn’t until I got to NC State University that I realized that my educational experience was not a shared experience that every student in North Carolina had. Talking to my peers from all over the state, I learned that many of the resources that I had access to were not accessible to students in other towns and counties. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing from my peers.
Education is the key to social mobility, but the education system is inequitable across the state especially when it comes to funding, resources, teachers, extracurriculars, counselors, and college prep. If we want to ensure equity in our society, we need to start with education equity.
I’m passionate about education policy and working towards educational equity across the state of North Carolina. I’m excited to go out and vote in the midterms for candidates who are advocates for public education, as we have lots of work to do in North Carolina. Let’s work towards ensuring a quality public education for all.
Sam Chan is studying Political Science and Communication at NC State University.
So, what’s motivating you to go the polls this fall? Share your story on social media with the hashtag #NCEdVoter or contact Sarah Montgomery, Policy Advocate with the Education & Law Project.