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Students face real world challenges on college campus

By Jazzi Black
On November 22, 2013

Attending college prepares scholars for the dog-eat-dog world that lies beyond them obtaining their degree.
Student leaders on campus have indeed made their marks as inspiring and "productive Panthers" to uphold the legacy of the Prairie View A&M University name.
Incoming freshman and upperclassmen become more aware of the politics at the university.
Working up the social ladder while maintaining a professional image are factors needed to survive and thrive on the yard and especially the business industry.
Prairie View has established its own community, in which we have had presidents sworn in under dirty politics, divided campus residences into poverty-leveled classes, and even developed a social ladder that magnifies those classified as "PV celebrities."
Wise and poor decisions alike are made as young adults may aid in making or breaking habits for every day choices.
Students learn to budget and manage their money by paying utilities, outstanding parking fines, and conserving personalized PVAMU currency known as Pantherbucks.
They anticipate the arrival of overpayments like citizens do for tax returns, and question various fees overpriced for full-time college students.
There are those that have learned the "ins and outs" to getting by in PV Nation, and those that remain to be the "underdogs."
It seems that PVAMU's society has declared a hierarchy that forces students to reach their maximum potential, and keep them from wanting to fall "too low" into a social category.
Being classified as a "student leader" usually requires the membership of an organization and their contributions.
Junior biology major Willie McClure said, "It's just a result of society. Everybody has different people they like to hang with. I think it's basically a similar interest, not a conflict interest."
Although there is no set of regulations keeping students from reaching this title, PV as a culture set the standards for generations to come on the epitome of a "PV Man or Woman."
Students even highlighed those that don't seem to be enrolled in classes.
Senior biology major Shawn Anderson said, "I feel like these bum's that's are just sitting around here need to leave. If you're not here to graduate you need to be gone." Differentiating "student leaders" from "regular students" is the attention and the reward gained from services.  

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