Letter to the editor: Invest in your future by attending SCUSA

Dear Ravens!

It is so exciting to be back on campus this year with all of you, new and returning!

I have always loved Benedictine College, and I consider it my home, like so many of you.

BC offers so many opportunities to build your community and your future. Ravens truly are blessed to have so many avenues to success.

One such avenue is the Student Conference on United States Affairs, also known simply as SCUSA.

SCUSA is the oldest and largest gathering of its kind. It is a conference of students who come together to discuss the issues that face our nation.

Hosted by the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY, where students bunk with cadets in their dorms (barracks), each conference is centered around a theme.

Last year’s theme was “What’s the Worst That Could Happen?” We discussed issues from world-wide killer diseases, rogue nuclear warhead-armed terrorist organizations, economy crippling situations, and so many more.

This 67th occurrence taking place from Nov. 4-7 is “Confronting Inequality: Wealth, Rights, and Power,” something we deal with today in varied levels of society.

Students start the week off listening to an expert panel of the highest caliber. Generals, admirals, statesmen, top scientists, philosophers and social thinkers contribute to the discussion.

But most importantly, you will be assigned to a particular issue group, where you and your teammates will look to examine your particular topic in light of the year’s theme. With experts in your topic field as your advisors, you will be guided to examining what problems the United States confronts, and what it may confront in the future.

I loved this program for its incredible insight to so many fascinating issues, and it opened my eyes to concepts I’ve never explored before.

Additionally, it has connected me with some of the brightest individuals around the country, from students to professionals.

I strongly encourage you to consider applying for SCUSA.

Two select students are chosen to participate in this all-expense paid trip. Benedictine College is fortunate to be a contributing member to this conference; I hope you take advantage of the opportunity before you.

You can contact Dr. Bill Raymond at braymond@benedictine.edu for more information.

The deadline to apply is Sept. 25.

Stanton Skerjanec is a senior at Benedicitne College and can be reached at sker1631@ravens.benedictine.edu