The Shippensburg University community came together to complete what we once thought may not be possible.
When we returned to campus, we set our goals to remain in the Cumberland Valley until the end of September, then the end of October, before eventually reaching Nov. 20.
This goal was not easily attained. We social distanced, virtually attended classes and sacrificed in-person meetings and events so we could stay on-campus longer. We completed countless COVID-19 coronavirus tests — more than our noses appreciated. We followed the guidelines in the hopes of staying on campus for the entire year.
Despite everything the world threw at us, we made it. As the class of 2021 prepares to leave this community, they reflect on their time as a Raider. Graduates hopefully leave with more than their degree — but also with four-years of experiences, knowledge and friendships.
Underclassmen: Carry on the SU spirit and legacies of those who came before you. When our community comes out of the pandemic and everyone returns to campus, rebuild and maintain the Ship family. Remember why you chose this university and help create a welcoming atmosphere for all.
As we complete the final days of the 2020-21 academic year, we can reflect on the year that was, but must look forward to what is on the horizon.
It is important that all of us make an effort to create our new “normal.”
Our community is at its best when all members are participating and contributing. Join a club, organize an event or even simply reach out to a classmate. We must physically rebuild our community to make our campus strong in the coming months and years.
Keep going, Shippensburg. We got this.