On February 2, I had the pleasure of attending Student Advocacy Day in Albany, NY, with a group of UC students. We had an early morning—the bus left at 7:30 a.m. So I fueled up on coffee and off we went.
The entire day was about advocating for student aid programs such as the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) and the Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP). Students that receive support from these programs got the opportunity to thank lawmakers and express how big of an impact the funding has had on their college education.
Students with majors in science, technology, engineering and mathematics advocated for money from the STEM program, which is currently only offered to SUNY schools.
We even got to meet personally with Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi and Senator Joseph Griffo.
I think it is extremely important to thank lawmakers for state aid. For some people, it makes the difference of whether or not they can afford to attend college. The funding changes a lot of lives and creates an infinite amount of opportunities.
I would definitely encourage more students to attend Student Advocacy Day next year so that lawmakers continue to make student aid a priority.