This will mean nothing to most people. But to those involved in the study of acupuncture and Oriental medicine and AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine specifically, it might mean a little something.
What follows is an email distributed by an AOMA student recently in reaction to a 3% tuition increase.
My comments on this email are this....
I graduated from AOMA in 2004, and am up to my eyeballs in student load debt. I didn't have to not work while in school. I didn't have to borrow the full amount I could. I could have borrowed only the amount of tuition and I'd have about half as much debt. But that's not what I chose to do. I OWN that, and I don't whine about it.
And so, to "Wiki Qi" I say:
First, if you are so all about OWNERSHIP, then speak for yourself instead of hiding behind the moniker of "Wiki Qi" and claiming to represent anyone other than yourself. I guess there's safety in numbers, even if they are imaginary. Talk about transparency issues. If Wiki Qi actually represents numbers of students then say who you are. What are you afraid of? You state below in your ridiculous email that whistle blowers cannot be retaliated against. One could construe from your language that you are actually implying AOMA is corrupt and/or breaking the law. Seriously.
If your perspective is that AOMA is a business and you their customer, and you are not a happy customer - and your dollars are your only leverage - then TAKE YOUR BUSINESS SOMEWHERE ELSE.You seem to view education as a commodity. So go find the better deal. Or better yet, do something else entirely if this is so disagreeable to you.
Your attempt to draw parallels between a 3% tuition increase at an acupuncture school and what has gone on recently with the financial sector in this country is beyond absurd. "Acupuncture schools are flourishing"? What planet are you on? You think somebody's lining their pockets with your 3% tuition increase? You have no idea what you are talking about.
Get a clue, and put your efforts into actually learning something instead of trying to tear things down you don't even know anything about. Talk about arrogance and ignorance.
Here's the "private" email that was sent around:
From: Wiki Qi <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, Nov 3, 2011 at 3:09 PM
Subject: Raised Tuition AGAIN?! Occupy AOMA! (Please read. This is YOUR education! Own ALL of it!)