I had big plans for the final eight weeks of my last semester at Stonehill, including my final Relay for Life event, my last a cappella concert with Girls from the Hill, many more Student Alumni Association meetings, and sharing every moment with the friends I have made over the last four years. It was heartbreaking to not return to campus after spring break.
Even though I am currently grieving every aspect of the on-campus experience, I am thankful for the community that still has the opportunity to exist even though we are not physically on campus. Despite it all, Stonehill students, staff, and faculty alike have reminded me that there is still some “lux et spes.”
I am grateful for the Stonehill faculty and staff, who have had to completely modify their syllabi and schedules in an incredible short period of time, but have also taken the opportunity to reach out to make sure that I’m okay. I have never doubted for one second that I picked the right school. This pandemic cannot take away the light and hope that radiates through every member of the Stonehill community.
Emma-Cate Rapose, Class of 2020