Alex Bill—As we approach the infamous midterm week and everyone is quite a bit more stressed than normal, it’s really great to see a collaborative effort made on campus. As you probably know, last week there was a huge effort put towards speaking out against tuition hikes throughout the entire state at all SUNY schools. At first I was a bit cautious when talking about attending an event in which I thought there was going to be so much heat for attending — I mean, walking out of class and attending a rally seemed like something a college would shut down instantaneously. Quite surprisingly, I was delighted to see a campus that was simultaneously bringing forth a critical flaw in the collegiate system and addressing it in such a positive manner. It was amazing to see a group of people who all had the same concerns from all very different walks of life. Many were telling their stories, and most everyone was giving back positive reinforcement, something that seems to be missing in a lot of society’s relations. While I was initially very drawn back from this activity, my curiosity peaked and I filed in among many other students. Instantaneously I was mesmerized, taking photos of those with powerful stories and such an exciting crowd. The unexpected impact that this rally had on me was surreal; I felt like part of a family that was struggling to get by, and honestly it was one of the first experiences where I truly felt like a college student. There’s something about gathering together with those you don’t know that causes you to embrace the wonder of life and form sincere empathy with those around you. This will forever be an event that I will cherish and embrace in my mind, as now I know I am not alone. There are many things that college has taught me about myself, some of which come from the courses and the professors, but really, college is an experience that allows you to expand your horizons and develop a sense of uniqueness that you may have never experienced. Needless to say, I will be attending way more events on campus that involve multi-group collaboration! This is such a wonderful way to connect with others that you would have never gotten the chance to speak with!
Here are some pictures that I took during the event: