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A Letter To My Fellow Cavaliers

Posted on 3/26/2020 7:57:04 PM by Ariana Yamasaki

Dear Fellow Cavs, 

I know that the times we are living in right now are scary and unpredictable, but I know as a community, we can get through this. When I first got the news that Cabrini was switching to all online classes for the rest of the semester, I got emotional, but I understood why this needed to happen. Even though I understood the reasoning it was/is really hard for me to accept that I can no longer see my favorite professors, live with my best friends on campus, continue being the president of CRS, and so many other things my last semester here at Cabrini would have consisted of. That having been said, I am incredibly thankful to all the staff and faculty that are trying their best to make the rest of our semester still feel as normal as possible. My professors have been amazing with this transition. I am very appreciative of their dedication to my education as well as my classmates. 

The way I am getting through this and staying connected to my Cabrini community is keeping in contact with my friends and planning group FaceTime calls. It is crucial for me in these times to stay connected to those who mean the most to me. If I do not keep myself involved with my friends and the community I had at school, it can really affect my mental health. Another thing that has helped me during the quarantine has been writing down my feelings about what is happening. For school work, I have been writing down what is due and when in my planner to stay organized. Since the rest of the semester is all online, my professors have been changing due dates and assignments, so I just want to make sure I am still on track. I have been checking my Cabrini email every day to see if my professors have reached out again about any syllabus changes.

Mixing school and home can be challenging at times because it might feel like you can not separate the two, but just remember you have to take some time for yourself. I have been planning out my days, so I am not doing school work 24/7 because that can be draining. Please remember to take care of your mental health because times like these can be extremely damaging. 

For my fellow seniors, I know exactly what you are going through. I am saddened that this is how our last semester panned out, and I can not help but feel that I am missing out on so much. All I am thinking about right now are all the memories I could be making with my friends on campus. I miss living with my best friends and seeing each other every day. I feel like my time at Cabrini was cut short. Yes, I am still able to take my classes and graduate, but the community that Cabrini gave me was taken from me too early. As a senior, I knew this time would come, but I thought it would be in May. I was prepared to say goodbye in May. 

I would just like to let the Cabrini community know that I am incredibly thankful for you, and we will get through this. I hope everyone is staying inside and being safe. Remember to check on one another and yourself.