Choosing to Stay in the United States

By Ruby Do ’20 (Visual Arts) My personal experience this spring due to COVID-19 really changed my experience as an international student studying in America. I had to decide between going home only two months before graduation or staying in America to see what would happen after I graduate. I don’t know what will happen, but …

I Left My Heart in the Hudson Valley

By Nawreen Juthi ’20 (Marketing) Student manager, Welcome Center Mentor, School of Business On March 13, my friend and I drove the two hours from New Paltz to Brooklyn. We talked about what break would be like now that the Governor announced college classes would transition to e-learning. Would we come back to campus after …

No Laughing Matter

By Ashley Rose ’21g (English) At first, it wasn’t even a concern. Every year, there’s always some new illness, right? What made COVID-19 any different? So people made memes and laughed at it. Then people started dying. “Eh, it’s in China, it can’t get us here,” they said. Laugh, click share, And then it reached the …

Embracing and Avoiding the Void in the Time of COVID-19

By Jack Candido ’21g (Adolescence Education: English) ~ A poem and reflective advice for educators in times of global crisis and pandemic Walking Honestly, I don’t think there’s any difference between walking and reading. Even if both pursuits are aimless, directionless, pointless. My grandfather walked outside his suburban home one time; in the backyard and …

Low Tide

By Cheyenne Heinen ’21g (Adolescence Education: English) I have been a low tide at six in the morning and six in the evening. I come out at six this morning to play at people’s feet until the sun goes down and it is dark and I must go back to be a whole ocean alone …

Memoir of a Student Athlete

By Emily Fox ’21 (Psychology) My own experience with the COVID-19 pandemic is difficult to put into words. As a student-athlete my first concern was how it would affect my education and playing my sport. As the severity of the virus got worse (especially on Long Island where I’m from), I began to worry about …