This week has been, needless to say, a rough one. I was fortunate enough to be nowhere near the Finish Line of the Boston Marathon on Monday when, as I’m sure the whole world knows, the two bombs went off. The city of Boston has suffered an enormous and insurmountable tragedy, and you can feel it walking down the streets. The NESAD building is just feet away from the edges of the blockades on Boylston Street and only minutes of walking from the site of the explosion. It was scary and eerie to pass by the normally busy street, to feel the police presence, and I felt seriously shaken up as I walked to class.
The thing that is amazing to me is that, even after such a horrific act, the community of not only our school but the entire city has responded with so much love. I was asked countless times by both faculty and students if I was doing okay or if I needed anything. Each one of my professors expressed their sincere gratitude and thankfulness that they were able to see our faces in class again. One of my professors, teary-eyed, went around the room and hugged each one of us individually. Even though I was only blocks away from ground zero, I felt safe and loved in each and every one of my classes.
So thank you to the NESAD and Suffolk University community for acting with love, compassion, and kindness, and for making me and every student feel safe even in the aftermath of the tragedy. Keep everyone- the victims, their families, and anyone touched by the bombings- in your thoughts.
Love one another.