When I first arrived at Fordham, I could not wait to wear the F crest on my chest and compete for our track and field team. Now, I’ve lost an entire year of competition due to the pandemic, and the future of upcoming races remains unclear.
Fordham University’s Army ROTC program produces the future leaders of America and the world, and Fordham’s program consistently ranks among the top Army ROTC programs in the nation in terms of active duty selectment and other competitive factors
As the coronavirus has spread around the globe into a major pandemic, so too has a global panic surrounding the potential ramifications of the virus, from personal implications to the deleterious effects it could have on the economy. Goldman Sachs has projected zero growth for the American economy in the second quarter and, until recently, Chinese manufacturing was at a near-standstill. Economic effects are being felt especially hard in the manufacturing, travel, and services sectors.
The swimming pool is a powerful mechanism for healing, reflection, and peace. When I think about the pool I can’t help but sing “these are a few of my favorite things…” from The Sound of Music. Just as the young postulant Maria remembers “raindrops on roses” and “bright copper kettles… when the dog bites, when the bee stings, when [she’s] feeling sad,” I remember the swimming pool when the midterms come, when the sleep deprivation hits, or when I need a break.
Being a good roommate to someone who has anxiety, depression, an eating disorder, experiences with trauma, or any type of mental illness, big or small, clear or unclear, simply comes down to being considerate. That’s all. You really shouldn’t have to treat us any differently.
This year Fordham is dedicating time to recognizing student mental health by participating in a national event called “Fresh Check” Day. Fresh Check Day is organized by the Jordan Porco Foundation, which is a family organization founded by a family after their son committed suicide in college. Through this organization, several schools across the country have began taking part in this event in an attempt to recognize the stresses of college and communicate the importance of mental health.