CSU Voices and Views

My “Giving Back” Philosophy

By Kevin McCarthy
U.S. Congressman and Majority Leader
CSU Bakersfield Alumnus

(left to right) CSUB President Horace Mitchell, Congressman Kevin McCarthy, and CSU Vice Chancellor of University Relations and Advancement Garrett Ashley during CSU Hill Day, an annual day of advocacy in Washington, D.C.

(left to right) CSUB President Horace Mitchell, Congressman Kevin McCarthy, and CSU Vice Chancellor of University Relations and Advancement Garrett Ashley during CSU Hill Day, an annual day of advocacy in Washington, D.C., in 2014.

I can’t say it enough—I love education.

Education is the key to upward mobility. Education allows you to give and learn at the same time. Education provides you with the strong foundation needed to move forward—and that’s what my education at CSUB helped me do.

From a young age, my parents instilled in me the importance of going to college. Through their support and encouragement, I started a small business to help pay for school and when I was ready, I applied to CSUB. I am proud to say that I was the first in my family to pursue a bachelor’s degree.

I received a great education from CSUB. CSUB provided me with a rewarding college experience and instilled in me the value of lifelong learning. I’ve learned that it does not matter what college you went to. What does matter during your college years is: 1) working hard and applying yourself, 2) the opportunities you take advantage of and 3) how willing you are to try new experiences.

My interest in public service really sparked when I started getting involved on campus. I would hang out with international students to learn about different cultures and how government systems around the world functioned. I joined the College Republicans, where I was able to get involved in the community and start making a difference. Through the College Republicans, I learned the ins and outs of leadership and public service. I also had the opportunity to meet legislators who served as my mentor and inspired me to get involved in government and politics.

I’m a huge believer in “giving back.” It’s actually part of my life philosophy. By giving back to the institution that gave me the tools I needed to succeed and giving back to the U.S. Education System that gives hundreds of thousands of students the foundation needed to excel, we will have a greater educated workforce and stronger society. It’s just that simple…and that’s why I give back.

Congressman Kevin McCarthy proudly serves California’s 23rd district and is currently the Majority Leader in the U.S. House of Representatives. He received his BS in marketing and MBA from CSU Bakersfield and is part of CSU’s Class of 3 Million.

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