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  • The Lessons of Sandy and Athena on November 17th, 2012

    Hi Guys,

    I know it’s been awhile. Amid the chaos of Hurricane Sandy and Winter Storm Athena (Why did they name a winter storm?) I’ve had 6 midterms pushed into 1 week and 2 days. Fun stuff.

    I wanted to post a very important lesson that both Sandy and Athena taught me these past couple of weeks. Stony Brook is more than just an academic institution, it is a community. The school is more than just going to class, it is about the friends you make while you are here. Here’s my proof:

    Being a disabled student, I mainly rely on automatic doors and my scooter to get around from building to building. Two problems with that:

    1) Automatic doors don’t work with no power
    2) My scooter can’t go in the rain or the snow. If it does I get electrocuted.

    So, during these storms I was pretty much stuck indoors. But during that time I realized that I had an amazing group of friends here at SBU. My suitemates would get me food and even open doors for me when I needed them to. (Note: I had to promise them free computer consultation for life, but that’s a deal I’m willing to take.) My other friends around campus and even the RHD of my residence hall made sure I was taken care of. For that, I am eternally grateful.

    But more than just helping me, my community of friends at Stony Brook made disastrous situations seem fun. While we had power in our week off and during the winter storm, my suitemates and I watched at least 15 movies on Netflix and we enjoyed every minute of it, we played video games we were never able to beat and beat them as a team. Of course we were supposed to be studying, but whose keeping track? Just kidding. We studied…somewhat.

    That week and a half gave me some of the best memories I have in my 3 years here at Stony Brook. It was a stress free week that I truly needed during this busy semester.

    I guess that’s why I’ve kept the same suitemates since freshmen year.

    The point I’m trying to make with this post is that Stony Brook is more than the classes you take, it’s more than the major you choose. It’s the friends you make and the memories you make with those friends that truly counts.

    So make SBU all it can be. Make friends that can last a lifetime and will turn bad situations into good ones.

    …and with that I get back to studying for my three tests in two days next week.

    Until next time,