‘Is Worcester a college town?’

January 21st, 2014 by 
Neema Hakim

In a recent op-ed in the Telegram & Gazette, College of the Holy Cross senior Neema Hakim argues that Worcester may be the home of many colleges, but that doesn’t mean it can call itself a college town.

Hakim, a political science and philosophy major, writes, “Worcester is a city at a crossroads. With CitySquare being one of the largest economic development projects in the commonwealth’s history, all signs point toward progress. But if Worcester is going to achieve the potential that it is positioned for, the city needs to capitalize on one of its unique strengths. Listen to local politicians, business leaders, or any seasoned resident and you will consistently hear that Worcester is unique, in part, because of its high concentration of colleges.”

Hakim, who is co-president of the Student Government Association, president and co-founder of the Worcester Student Government Association, and a resident of Worcester, says “there are two key arguments that can be made for student engagement in the city; one is economic and the other is based in a civic sense of community. While I personally prefer making the latter, there is a strong economic case for getting college students more interested in Worcester that cannot be ignored.

This “Holy Cross in the News” item by Cristal Steuer.

For additional information, please contact Cristal Steuer at 508-793-2419.

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