Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Date: September 29, 2020

Today I want to recognize and honor all those young people, under the age of 18, who are doing school remotely and living with their parents. This includes the teenagers and children of students, staff, and faculty. What started, perhaps, as a novelty has become a routine. Friendships are harder and entirely on-line. School work is harder as one stares at the Zoom screen and the countless boxes that make up your class. And the days have become weeks, the weeks months, and one fears that these months could easily be a year. In those moments when young people are frustrated, parents can often draw on a memory or a moment that identifies with the frustration of their child. However, this moment is so unique. There is nothing quite like it for anyone in living memory. We are all learning how to do this as we do this. So today I invite all parents to raise a glass of soda to their young adult and say, “Well done for coping.” And I invite us all to find a young adult and say, “What can I learn from you about coping in this moment?” I suspect we will be surprised by the answers. The Very Rev. Ian S. Markham, Ph.D. Dean and President

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