It’s an honor and a privilege to join you once again as The Lutrinae’s faculty adviser. I’m excited to say we’ve assembled an inspiring group of talented individuals to run the publication this semester and I can’t wait to see what they produce. The majority of our team are returning staff members, joined by new staff writers Daniel Gallo and Nikki Dodd – who wrote as a contributor last year. Great reporters aren’t just good writers – they are curious, kind-hearted people who care deeply for the communities they report on. I feel fortunate to know that’s exactly who we have on our current team.
Whether you’re joining us virtually or on campus, I just wanted to take a second and appreciate this community reuniting for the Fall 2021 semester. To say the last few semesters have been trying feels like an understatement. Beyond the academic hurdles students face throughout a typical college experience, current Otters have had to endure unprecedented mental and technological challenges in pursuit of their degrees. Regardless of what year you are, you should be proud of making it this far. Life doesn’t always go according to plan and sometimes that means facing obstacles we never imagined we would. By being here you’ve shown you aren’t giving up on your goals just because your path became more difficult. I know I speak on behalf of all the faculty and staff when I say we are proud of you and what you’ve accomplished so far.
Know that you don’t need to face these challenges alone. Just like our namesake does in the wild when sleeping, remember it’s ok to reach out to members of your community. We’re all in this together.
Sara “Goby” Gobets