Watland wants to make a difference
Abraham Lincoln's phrase, "government of the people, by the people, and for the people," describes an ideal democracy. Adams State College student Ezra Watland sees himself as an active member of the democratic process.
Watland is currently an intern in John Salazar's district office and the co-founder of Adam State's New Left club. In addition, Watland will act as student representative for the Adams State College Board of Trustees during fall semester 2006.
After he completes his Bachelor of Arts degree in both history/government and English/liberal arts, he plans to attend law school. Watland said he would like to go into environmental or international law so that he can have a positive impact on the world.
"I don't want to be a lawyer that's just in it for the money. I want to actually do something good with it."
Watland received an internship with Salazar's office for the spring 2006 semester. He said the internship has given him valuable insight into the political process.
"You feel like you're part of the process, even if you're just a lowly intern," he said. "Working in this office, I see it happen and have a better understanding of it all."
Because he would like everyone to be a part of the political process, Watland co-founded Adam State's New Left club. New Left focuses on raising political dialogue on campus.
"Political discourse, done right, can end up resulting in a more enlightened perspective for everyone," he said.
Lincoln believed the government is "by the people" and that is something Watland said he stands behind.
"If everybody did their part to make the world a better place, it would be noticeably better."