While it is rather depressing to see the total cost of our textbooks at the beginning of each semester just keep in mind that you’re paying for something worth more than gold- knowledge. The fact of the matter is that the service our Concordia Bookstore is providing is worth its weight not in silver or even gold but much more. Our university Bookstore is providing us, the eager student, answers to everything we could ever want to know. The Bookstore is providing you the answers to your test exams and yes even life! Through the reading of textbooks we not only absorb the contents needed for our classes but an even deeper understanding of ourselves.
For instance, in English you are encouraged to interpret a novel in your own perspective, what you feel that the author want you to take away from the reading of their pieces. Those heavy Chemistry, Biology and Physics textbooks are opening your eyes to how the world functions. Mathematics allows you to calculate how much you’ll need to save up for next year’s run of books as well as how much more you’ll be able to earn once you’ve completed your degree. Now I’m not going to go through every subject area, but it is true that the answers to your homework, your exams and even your life can all be found through the reading of your textbooks. Knowledge is power, and power can never be taken away.
You may be wondering why I’m bringing up this pain that we all feel at the beginning of each new semester. Our professors once too had to experience the pain of buying textbooks, so don’t blame them for our costly books. Also, don’t feel that you have to resort to missing out on a class that peaks your interest just because the books are too expensive, never limit your ability to learn and experience. I, like you have suffered that painstaking receipt, generally worth a higher than I would spend on groceries or even a used car for that matter. While these books are expensive, theft is never rationalized. Wait...THEFT? Yes Concordia theft! This year alone our University Bookstore has experienced the greatest amount of theft ever within the lapse of two semesters!
I feel that it is important to recognize that while buying textbooks is a hassle and yes maybe we aren’t all 100% prepared to pay such a high cost, stealing is not the way to get past it. Stealing is not something we should ever practice in our lives. I say this because through their valiant efforts to provide you with answers and good service our University Bookstore has experienced a great level of deceit. Now I know that these times can be extremely straining on all of our cheque books but Concordia offers so many other options to provide us, the students, with things like books and even meals for free or at a lower price. I encourage you all to check out the Concordia Textbook Market on Facebook and also the bookstore for cheaper and discounted books that have been lightly used. Remember you’re not alone in the struggle and that there is a great amount of support Concordia offers, so don’t pass it up! And the next time you’re in the Bookstore be sure to thank the amazing people that work there for providing you with the answers and knowledge of the world around you, and maybe purchase some spirit wear while you’re at it. Read on Concordia and remember knowledge is attained not stolen!