Discourse / Letters / May 29, 2013

After learning to appreciate dissent, a columnist bids farewell

Dear friends,

I’m delighted to thank all of you for these last three years in TKS. I am blessed to have an audience, mind you, a largely liberal audience, that I can challenge with my own views and gain insight.

It’s been a learning experience. I learned to appreciate dissent because it matured and strengthened my own values. Dissent makes you question why you believe what you believe. And for that reason, I urge you to be open to all views, not just your own.

I’ve encountered prejudice against my conservative columns from time to time. It was disheartening to be a first-year writer and attract malicious comments online, filled with name calling. For this reason, I urge people from different political stripes to foster a truly liberal arts environment that is welcoming and open to liberal, libertarian, conservative and any other view that provides a different perspective on today’s political environment.

I’m excited to say that even though I’m leaving, there will be conservatives and/or moderates who will take my place. I’m equally excited to say that I’m leaving a much more welcoming Knox. I’m leaving a school that is much more open to ideas from the right, and much more open to participate in discussion.

But my time has come to move on. I’m embarking on my own adventure. I’m graduating a year early and entering the Peace Corps in February 2014 in Central America to prevent the spreading of HIV/AIDS. I’ve learned that my true passion is public service, service to others.

Thank you so much for reading,

Your conservative friend,

Alex Uzarowicz ’13

Alex Uzarowicz
Alex Uzarowicz has been a weekly conservative political columnist for The Knox Student for three years. He also writes for The College Conservative. Alex will graduate in June 2013 with a degree in political science, after which he will head abroad to begin his Peace Corps service.

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