Athens, OH 16 April 2020 –
As President of the Engineering Ambassadors, one of my responsibilities was to plan social activities for the organization. With the transition to virtual learning, many of our spring social events, like bowling at Rollerbowl, were unfortunately cancelled. I still wanted to foster that warm sense of community we feel when we spend time together, so I decided to plan a virtual hangout on Google Hangouts for this past Monday.
At the Google Hangout, we had a great turnout of graduating ambassadors, returning ambassadors, and new ambassadors. Even though we were not able to be together in person, we were still thankful for the opportunity to get to know each other and welcome the new ambassadors to our amazing organization. We spoke about what we had been up to in quarantine, movies and TV series we were watching, how our summer plans were developing, and how online classes were going.
It was wonderful to be able to empathize about how the current situation was affecting us, and to lean on each other for support. I wish we could all see each other in person to say our final goodbyes, but I’m thankful for all the Ambassadors’ willingness to adapt to the uncertainty, whether it was by attending a virtual hangout rather than an in-person event, or holding meetings with prospective students online rather than in-person, or working to make videos and presentations of our lab facilities rather than in-person tours.