The Commuter Chronicles – Welcome!

Welcome to the Commuter’s Chronicles!

This column will be an array of relatable thoughts along with some special guests as well as some fun tips here and there! A little about myself: my name is Noor Alrashed and I am an Iraqi-Muslim freshman majoring in Biology, Pre-medicine as well as a commuter student. I’ve lived in Louisiana my whole life, and the state is unique in itself. If you haven’t already, you have to try the creole food here and head down to Cafe Du Monde for some beignets and coffee.

As a first-year student transitioning during COVID, it’s been quite the experience. I think we can all agree that 2020 hasn’t exactly been the ideal year. I know it hasn’t for me. Six months at home, losing the last, best months of senior year, and not being able to see my friends has been challenging. However, the whole quarantine situation has made most, if not all, realize the importance of the little things we’ve taken for granted. Like the movies and restaurants and even just hanging out with friends, we never realized how much the little things influence our everyday lives. Even now with college, it’s harder to try and make friends with social distancing and masks, etc., but one motto I’ve kept on repeating is “Adapt and Overcome!”

I can vouch that this semester has been crazy with hybrid and online learning, and the material isn’t easy, but it’s getting better little by little – right? Personally, Xavier has opened new doors for me: I’ve already met amazing people who are willing to support me through my college journey, I’m learning new things again everyday, and I’m being able to find myself. I can’t wait to share my journey with you all in this column as well as hear some of your stories! Stay tuned.

Until next time…
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