I have been looking forward to the day I could cast my first presidential ballot since the third grade, when our class “voted” on who we wanted to be the next president. Standing in front of the chalkboard, I was the honorary election judge for John McCain, dutifully marking red tallies onto the board with each child who “voted” for him while another child did the same for Barack Obama. When I got home, I helped my mom fill out her absentee ballot, fascinated by the concept of the vote; of the idea that someday, I would have the chance to make an impact in my community and country. That time would not come until 2020, which felt like a century away back in the very different world of 2008.
In an age of constant energy and discussion and stimulation, sometimes it can be hard to remember to step back and breathe for a minute. Shippensburg’s Mindfulness Series, led by Dr. Toru Sato (who prefers to just be called “Toru”), gives SU students, staff and community that opportunity in bi-weekly sessions.
When I transferred to Shippensburg University in fall 2019, I already had more than 70 credits under my belt from two prior colleges. I had taken all of my electives and general education courses. After making the sudden decision to switch from psychology to English, the only courses left to fulfill my degree requirements were English courses, scattered with a few foreign language classes. I had no idea how difficult it would be to fulfill my degree requirement until I was a semester in. Who would have thought how difficult it would be to commute from 45 minutes away and still manage to take all of my required courses?
Unlike many universities across the country that closed their doors to in-person classes until 2021, Shippensburg University took the chance to invite students back while implementing strict guidelines to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.
During times of uncertainty, many people often cling to religion as a way to guide them through their troubles. As we move into our third week on campus, there is still plenty of uncertainty and unrest as students try to adjust to the new normal and face the tragedies that seem to be non-stop in society.