Dear Editor,
While I applaud Governor Lolo for being so considerate in granting leniency for individuals applying for student loans, I do not see this being beneficial for anyone.
Who exactly are we helping by granting this leniency? The students? The community? Government? The answer is "no one."
We are not helping the students, because allowing them to receive that assistance without meeting the 3.0GPA criteria will give some of them the sense that they will not have to put too much work into their studies. That's not empowering them, that's spoiling them.
We need to maintain our get-tough approaches with our younger population, because when they are off island in those schools with their non-Samoan peers, the schools will not lower any standards and/or give them any leniency.
We would just be setting them up for failure. Do we send soldiers into battle without the proper training and the proper armor?
We establish these standards to motivate our students to go beyond the limits that they have placed on themselves. Because the truth of the matter is, there are no limits to the potential within our younger population, or anyone. We set these standards, because we know that they are capable of doing a lot better and we need for THEM to know that.
Giving in to their every whim is not going to do that. We should not be so focused on fixing our social issues and/or employment standards that we disregard the well-being of our children. We need to have them better equipped for the tough college life and real world experiences that they will come face to face with wherever they decide to pursue their education.
Yes, I know there are students that deserve this leniency, because of some unforeseen circumstance in their personal lives. However, where there is a will there is a way. There is always a way to go about receiving the assistance that you need even without meeting this particular criteria. You can study harder, limit the interactions (a.k.a distractions) from your life and do not be afraid to ask for help. As you, the youth, can now tell, everyone wants to present you the opportunity to succeed in your endeavors, so do not hesitate to receive and/or inquire about help.
Again, thank you, Governor Lolo, but let us continue to empower our children with the same discipline and tough measures that we were taught growing up. Like the saying goes, "It is easier to build strong children than it is to fix broken men."
Genesis A. Tau


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