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The Lookout | January 22, 2022

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LCC student driven to make a difference

LCC student driven to make a difference
  • On November 3, 2021

By Zena Farhan
Staff Writer

LCC student Kyle Cook is a 22-year-old political science major who is looking to make a difference in the world.

Cook said he describes himself as a passionate person.

“I am an introverted person but I’m passionate about humanitarian issues that keep me extroverted,” Cook said. “Issues I’m passionate about are equal rights and labor issues, especially in the Midwest region.”

Cook described his love for politics, video games and psychological TV shows.

“I enjoy keeping up to date on political issues,” Cook said. “I generally consume around three to four hours of political coverage every day. I also enjoy video games and TV shows that have dark or psychological themes. Some of my favorite shows are ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Dexter.’”

Cook recalled his reason for majoring in political science.

“I’m a high school dropout and I worked at a non-unionized factory from a young age,” Cook said. “I came from a very poor family that relied on government funding and programs.

“Working at the factory, I saw how much the average worker got taken advantage of. I thought the best way to address these issues would be to get a degree in political science, so I can speak out and make a difference.”

Cook said he is unsure if law school is the right path for him, but he is open to different career options in campaigning and labor.

Cook described his reasoning for attending LCC.

“During 2020, I was laid off from my factory job and I had been thinking about going to college during that time,” Cook said. “I realized how intense the labor was and how little I was being paid; it was taking a toll on my body.

“I thought enrolling was a smart and enjoyable path to make. For a community college, LCC is amazing.”

Cook said he plans to enroll in Michigan State University or Central Michigan University as a transfer student after he finishes up this year, eventually taking up a career in political science.

Cook’s sister, Julia Cook, described her brother as ambitious.

“Kyle has inspired me through his ambition and determination while pursuing a higher education and through supporting causes that he holds in high regards,” Julia said.