Believing that college should be the 'best years' sets unrealistic expectations
After moving into my dorm this year, I opened one of my drawers to find a note from my mom that ended with “Enjoy your college years, they are the best.” I...
Rural America should receive more resources
The train derailment in the Ohio town of East Palestine illustrates the significant neglect to which rural areas in the United States are subject. The response to this life-threatening disaster was inadequate...
BU's on-campus housing is classist
Coming in as a freshman at Binghamton University, I did not put much thought into where I would choose to live on campus because I figured all the dorms would be fairly...
Going to college shifts perceptions of home
Now that I’m getting close to finishing my first semester of college, I’ve started to reflect on how my perception of home has changed while I’ve been away at school. When I’m...
Monetary donations foster false satisfaction
I donated my dwindling meal plan dollars purely out of pressure and fear of judgment when dining services at Binghamton University were collecting donations for a food drive. It’s not that I...
Participation points hinder meaningful discussion
This semester, I began to understand why people have a problem with participation points. In my Sociology 100: Social Change: Intro Sociology course, more often than not, participation points promote surface-level discussions...
BU is neglecting students with COVID-19
I contracted COVID-19 for the first time two weeks after moving to Binghamton University this year. Very quickly, I became frustrated by the school’s lack of preparation for an outbreak. After waiting...