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Most of us, when we decide to undertake higher education, have personal goals in mind: we want to prepare for a career, or improve sports skills, or study art. But on campus and in the classroom, something more happens to us: we find that we have entered a community whose goal is not just the education of individuals, but the education of a society.
A democracy is dependent on the education of its citizenry. As voters, we must guide our government by making wise choices at the polls. As leaders in our community, we must be able to act with intelligence and integrity.
Bemidji State University encourages the pursuit of knowledge that leads to good citizenry and to personal and professional success. This includes the realization that the need to learn is not temporary. In their classrooms, students discover that their teachers also pursue knowledge, as specialists in their fields, as educators, and in their personal and social lives.
Our parents, our families, our communities, and our pre-college education set us on the path to independence. At the university we also learn not only how to move forward, but how to give back. This strengthens both our personal lives and the larger life of our country. Rights and responsibilities become entwined, and higher education becomes education for all.