While at home, I felt a certain amount of unhappiness and discontent from the absence of the social experience that I’d normally expect at the start of a semester.
Along with many other important lessons highlighted during COVID-19, the forward-thinking minds of my peers prove that U.Va. Twitter is a powerhouse and truly a force to be reckoned with.
Although I’m a bit anxious for the new semester, I’m glad to rewind the summer memories and analyze the little lessons that I’ve learned and grappled with along the way. I’d like to think that my summer was divided into two parts.
I have a lot of hope that this semester is just another flat tire we have to find a way to fix.
I want to remember enjoying this strange semester rather than suffering through it. So let’s make smart, responsible and safe decisions, while doing our best to make this semester worthwhile.
Whether you’re starting the next chapter of your life from your home or on Grounds, my advice to you is to be safe, have some courage, take a few risks and remember some names.
I have no excuse for being blind to the Black experience in America because the information has always been out there for me to consume.
All I know for sure is that my previous U.Va. life will have to stay in March, and that the only way to ensure that is by approaching this fall with an open mind and a willingness to adapt.
Just as a coat of paint couldn’t totally erase my feelings about this room, one good day can’t totally erase my fears around living through a pandemic.
As a result of streaming services, the age of cable television and DVD entertainment is grinding to a halt.
Make the most of every text and call because for now, a love online is all we’ve got.