Last month, while I was on campus for Homecoming Weekend, I was reminded of what makes Gettysburg College such a unique place: the four classes that make up the student body (the Classes of 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018) are consistently outdoing the classes that came before them!
Every new class is more amazing than the last, and Gettysburg College students as a whole seem to have an evermore impressive array of personal and professional experiences at home and abroad, even before their first day of Orientation. To experience it for yourself, read one of the news stories on the College’s homepage featuring one of these students and their adventures, or better yet, talk to a current student, faculty member, or staff member about their experiences on campus today. Learn just a little about what they are doing, and you will realize how great our current students truly are.
Fear not: the College is stepping up its game to accommodate the talents and dreams of these impressive students. In the coming years, Gettysburg College will continue to work toward its goal of raising $150 million through Gettysburg Great: The Campaign For Our College.
This campaign is not just about raising money, it is about increasing the number of opportunities for student scholarships and other financial support. It is about attracting and supporting a talented and diverse faculty. It is about increasing the number of professional and personal opportunities for growth and development available to students on campus, in and around Gettysburg, and across the world. These are not simply things we can or should do. These are things we must do to ensure that no matter how impressive our incoming classes continue to be, we, the people of Gettysburg College, are prepared to offer to them experiences that are even more amazing than those we had as students.
For young alumni, the time to contribute to these efforts is now. Even though the entire month of October is BOLD Giving Month, this year, there will be a 48-hour Class vs. Class Challenge, which will begin on Wednesday, October 15 at 10 a.m. While the winning class will have its class flag flown high atop the Cupola, think of this challenge as a way to outdo the classes before you, and even to outdo the ones after you.
Give, and encourage your friends to give as well—this challenge is not about donating the most, but about achieving the highest participation of donors. Everyone who gives will have a stake in the new and exciting things that are happening at Gettysburg College, and everyone will be working toward the same goal–making sure that each and every new class is better than the one before.
I give back because I am proud of where Gettysburg College has been and what we have accomplished so far, and because I am excited about where we’re heading. I hope every new class will be better than the one before it, and I am stepping up to help make that happen…Will you join me?
Alex Ferraro ‘12 is the vice chair of the BOLD Council and a third-year student at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.