Jenny Ripka ’17:
This pandemic is stressful, dangerous, frustrating, and scary. Feeling negative emotions–whatever yours may be–is appropriate, normal, and valid. You are not alone. In fact, you are lucky to be a student at Knox, where each student is cared for and regarded as a dynamic individual AND as a member of the community (even though it might not feel that way all the time). Uncertain times are unsettling, but they also give us reason to hope, and I encourage you to find three small things today. 1) Find something to look forward to, even if it’s just taking a shower or eating something sweet. 2) Find something to be grateful for. Today, I’m grateful for this opportunity to connect with you. 3) Find something to feel hopeful about.
Good luck. Stay healthy. Stay safe. Look out for your friends and family, neighbors, and strangers. This won’t last forever!