*In light of current events Green and Gold have decided not to post a submitted question in this issue of The Summit. Instead, we are simply offering general advice about COVID-19*
I want you to know that it’s ok to be frustrated, upset, and anxious about what’s going on. There’s no way anyone could have prepared for the mental turmoil this virus has caused for people around the globe.
Four weeks ago, we were planning for spring break, gearing up for the spring football game, making graduation plans, anything we’d usually be doing at this time of year. Within days, that has been taken away from us. Now, many of us are trying to navigate classes that aren’t meant to be online but are, we’re trying to figure out if we should stay on campus or move back home, and we’re just trying to be ok in general.
For those of you who are graduating in May, I am so sorry that you might not get the ceremony you’ve worked toward. Leaving was already going to be hard, but some of our goodbyes have been stripped away from us, there are friends we might not see again, and our closure might not ever be received. I wouldn’t blame you if you cried at the thought of missing all of this. I know I will.
Despite all the bad that’s happening around us right now, there is still good in the world. It might just be a little harder to see right now. So, put on your glasses and see in 2020 with me. Netflix has a third party app so that you can still have watching parties with your friends while we are social distancing, and you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your own bed to do it. Alternatively, if you have dogs, they are probably really excited to see you, and I bet they would love to go for a walk with you because social distancing doesn’t mean you can’t be outside.
Seriously, there are so many options for entertainment. There’s bound to be something for everyone: learn a new TikTok dance (or several), finish a puzzle, make some art, read a book, learn to make your favorite recipe. The possibilities are endless.
It’s an adjustment we all have to make together. There is a very real chance that this could be The Summit’s last issue for this academic year… so while this isn’t how we pictured the reveal going, I’m Megan Logan signing off as “Green” for the last time.
I don’t really know where to begin. I think that Megan gave great advice, so I am just going to leave it with this:
It’s hard to put into words how these abrupt changes and numerous uncertainties make me, and I’m sure all of us, feel. Sadness, frustration, and disappointment are just a few feelings that come to mind. However, it is my duty as a member of my community to listen to the advice given by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American government. I highly suggest you do the same.
Although this year didn’t end like I wanted or planned it to, my heart goes out to those who have suffered the loss of their loved ones or who have fallen ill themselves during this pandemic. My heart also goes out to healthcare workers risking their own health and lives in an attempt to heal others. I know all of us are affected by this virus in one way or another, but I couldn’t imagine how hard it must be for those two groups of people. Just remember that if we all take the proper precautions and do our part, this too shall pass.
All I really have left to say is thank you. Thank you, Rocky Mountain College, for providing me with an education that is truly unmatched. Thank you, Rocky Mountain College, for creating an environment that felt like a second home. Thank you, Rocky Mountain College, for challenging me to grow as an academic as well as a person. Thank you, Rocky Mountain College, for teaching me how to persevere and become resilient through those challenges. Thank you, Rocky Mountain College for giving me some of the greatest memories that I’ll cherish forever. Thank you, Rocky Mountain College, for making me … well … me. I am proud to call myself a Battlin’ Bear and to have Rocky Mountain College as my alma mater. Again, thank you, thank you, thank you.
With all of my gratitude,