Imagine yourself as a student here at X nearly 90 years ago. What would the world look like? Obviously, many of us never expected the world would look as it does now in 2020 – masks, hand sanitizer, social distancing and all. I often wonder how someone would have engaged with university in the context of having lived through other hardships like World War 1. Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of talking with a woman named Maureen.
Many people are pulling together to create different programming for students given the new reality that comes with COVID-19. However, St.FX University has existing societies and groups in place, which makes these new programs more easily accessible, and possible to create. One group on campus that has been working hard this summer and that will continue throughout the year to deliver new and revamped programming to help students adapt, is CFXU Radio.
Very active on campus, I am sure many of you will recognize the name Will Fraser. Will has been studying History at St.FX, and is set to graduate in 2021. Will, being involved in many societies and groups in his time here at X, has a unique understanding of the way X runs.
Being an Arts major, I don’t hear much about departments in the Sciences. To get the low down on how COVID may be affecting those in Bachelor of Science programs, I went straight to the person whom I know to be one of the brightest science guys around – Aaron Mason. Aaron grew up in the small village of Charlos Cove, and attended High School at Guysborough Academy alongside yours truly. Aaron and I have not kept in touch since the Pandemic began, so it was great to catch up and hear his perspective on things.
As Summer sweeps by, we are faced with having to make difficult choices. Some of us may not be returning to school come September. Some of students may join our community through online course, and others may brave in-person classes. No matter the choice, or lack thereof, we all will be facing this journey together. As a history major, these stories feel necessary - your stories feel important.