As an out-of-state student from Atlanta, GA, I didn’t know what to anticipate coming to Eastern. For the most part, I was filled with a mixed of emotions: anxious and excitement. I was anxious because I had a pile of questions still on my mind such as how was I going to adjust to the weather, who was I going to meet, would I enjoy my experience or miss my family, and how was it going to feel like living on campus.
I have heard more than once from students that living on campus is experience. Although that is a valid point, I have also come to acknowledge that it amazing to stay on campus. You may ask, “why?” When you look at it, there is so much freedom in being away from home. They include the following: classes are closer, you will get the chance to get involved with the different clubs and organizations that the university offers, the resources offered by the university are more accessible, you will be able to network, and the events planned by the different clubs and organizations on campus are amazing.
College students, it is time to start taking care of yourself. I know life can get busy for you. You have deadlines to meet. You might have a job, be in a relationship, or even be involved with clubs and organizations. It’s difficult to try to manage it all, but your health is important. Neglecting to take of your well-being can suffer in the long run. You need to start taking care of yourself now. It is not too late. Plus, you only have one body for the rest of your life, so why wouldn’t you want to take care of it?
Although my favorite season is fall, there are some things that I love about winter. As an out-of-state student from Atlanta, GA, I never had to worry as much as I do with Connecticut’s cold weather, especially during the wintertime. Being here for three years now, I have realized that the cold weather does have its perks.
On Feb. 18 at 3 p.m., in the Betty Tipton Room, Eastern’s Freedom club hosted a rally called UnDocurally in support of immigrant rights. The rally brought awareness to the current political climate that is threatening the undocumented community. The Supreme Court case has to make a decision to continue or rescind DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, before June. Many people believe that the decision will be made within two months due to the Presidential election. Freedom at Eastern, the activism club on campus for undocumented rights, sought to unite administration, faculty, the DACAmented community that will be affected by the Supreme Court decision, and allies together to stand in solidarity. The rally emphasized that this was an issue that affected everyone whether one has status or not, or whether one cared for immigration issues, gender issues, and/or political issues.
As college students, some of us tend to take our education for granted. To make the decision to continue past the secondary-level is massive since not everyone can afford to do so. In different parts of the world, education isn’t easily accessible. Some of us forget to recognize that in North America there are still some people who struggle to access it. Education is a privilege, and should be seen for its value.
In high school, you are expected to complete numerous community service hours, which helps when you are applying to colleges, so the admissions office can see if you are a well-rounded student. At first, I must admit, I only did community service for college applications, but over time I grew to have a passion for it. Ever since I came to Eastern one of the things I was excited to do was get involved with community service volunteering. When I found out about the Community for Center Engagement (CCE), I was thrilled. Although I only did special events in my freshman year, this helped me get a better understanding of the Willimantic area. My first semester during my sophomore year, however, I pushed myself to do more with the CCE.
Connecticut’s Attorney General, William Tong, made a special appearance at Eastern on Nov. 12 for a press conference surrounding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in the Student Center Theatre.
On Oct. 2, “Living Undocumented,” a Netflix documentary series, was aired. The series was co-directed by Aaron Saidman and Anna Chai and executive produced by Selena Gomez, Mandy Teefey, Eli Holzman, Aaron Saidman, Sean O’Grady and Anna Chai.
On Oct. 25, Kanye West released his new album “Jesus is King.” Although it didn’t come out at 12 a.m. due to difficulties, the album was released before noon. He even tweeted, “To my fans / Thank you for being loyal & patient / We are specifically fixing mixes on ‘Everything We Need,’ ‘Follow God,’ & ‘Water’ / We not going to sleep until this album is out!”