The day that I am writing this is undoubtedly the saddest that I have experienced in my life. This morning, I woke up in my room to the news that my roommate, Marc Tarabocchia, had passed away.
Let me first explain that I had just begun to get to know Marc. We were roommates for the first time, and we didn’t get much of an opportunity to get to know each other. What I did learn in that short time was that he was a reserved, kind person. The first thing that he mentioned to me was that I could take any of his food that he had in the room. We spoke about football, his hopes for the season, and his major.
He was constantly in the library. He came back often times late at night, only to wake up early the next morning for a workout, for football or just to get some more studying in to prepare for class.
There are obviously a range of reactions when something like this happens, and I wouldn’t even attempt to try and dictate how other people may react to the situation. Instead, I just wish you all well.
My heart goes out to those of you on the football team. You lost a brother today and I can’t imagine the pain that comes from that.
My heart goes out to Marc’s family and close friends, who have lost someone dear to them.
I am sorry to the Stonehill community, who will be robbed of the opportunity to know someone who had a heart of gold.
Lastly, I want to urge everyone here are Stonehill to take advantage of the resources we have here such as Counseling Services, Health Services, or even a trusted professor who you’ve grown close to when you begin to struggle with mental health issues.
You are not alone, and I am one of many who has struggled with depression in my life. The Stonehill community is here to help you at the drop of a hat.