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February 24, 2021

To my fellow Spartans, 

Have you ever read a story that inspired you, where individuals didn’t let any circumstance hold them back? Instead, they changed their perspective and did things differently. This is how I choose to look at the global pandemic. In a lot of ways, it holds us back and creates new challenges. However, we too, can choose to change our mindset and find creative ways to do things differently.

Just like you, I’m frustrated with all of the things we’re dealing with right now. I am tired of being told “no.” I miss walks to class and Spartan basketball games.  

Everywhere I turn, I’m reminded of all the things I can’t do. While it’s important to recognize our responsibility to keep ourselves and others safe, it's equally important to remember that there are things we can still do. I hear a lot of people say things like “when the world is normal again,” as if life is on pause and they will just put everything aside until it resumes. If this pandemic has taught me anything, it’s that life is wildly uncertain. Tomorrow is unknown and never promised, and while things look different, we can still try to find beauty. 

For me, this means doing facetime dinner dates, instead of in person dinner dates. Sometimes it means setting up candles and heaters in my room, instead of attending a hot yoga class. Daily, it means writing down what I'm grateful for to remind myself that life is still so good. For me, these things have made this time not only tolerable, but enjoyable.

I hope my story can be helpful to you. While I gave you some examples of things I am doing, I understand that those things might not be helpful or beneficial to everyone. That’s why I hope you can find ways that work for you to help you through this time.

This is a big campus, and whether you’re here in East Lansing or somewhere else right now, I know that it can feel overwhelming. If you’re looking for ways to feel more connected to MSU, try checking out the list of Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) at involve.msu.edu. I’m pretty confident that somewhere in that long list, you’ll find an organization that will help MSU feel more like home.  

Being involved is so important, and let’s face it, we all need human connection. What better way to connect with people than talking about something you’re all interested in? You’ll thank yourself for taking this leap now, so when we finally get to join each other again on campus, you can spot familiar faces. 

I myself have  joined some organizations this semester, and I cannot wait to meet in person all of the great friends that I’ve made. 

The day will come, Spartans, when we walk to class again and we get to see each other face-to-face. For now, though, please take care of yourself, and be safe. If you need resources or help, don’t hesitate to reach out. We are here for you, I am here for you.

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