As I sit here and reflect on my past three semesters at Boston University, I must say there have certainly been both ups and downs. Still, I would not trade in any of these moments as they have allowed me to grow professionally and personally. Let’s just address the elephant in the room. Going to grad school is hard, but going to grad school in the midst of a global pandemic makes things more complicated, and Zoom fatigue certainly began to set in.
There were pros and cons to the Learn from Anywhere (LfA) model that Boston University introduced. For remote classes, there was no need to put on more than a pair of sweatpants and a t-shirt, and my “commute” to class was never any longer than the 15 seconds it took for me to get from one room to another in my 600-square-foot apartment.
Yet, I could not help but think about how my classes might be different if we were all in the classroom. I think class discussions would have been livelier, and I certainly missed the human interaction that I had once known. And of course, the one question that also seemed to eat at me, “how tall are all of my classmates?”
When the announcement was made that we would be back in person this year, I found myself feeling a mix of emotions. I was excited because I would finally get to meet my peers and have a more traditional learning experience, but I was also nervous as I had finally adapted to the LfA model. I felt like this was going to be another transition that I was going to have to go through, which was the last thing I wanted to do after a year that was filled with so much uncertainty.
Through all of these changes, I was able to find comfort in writing for The COMmunicator. I found this to be the place where I was given the freedom to write what I wanted to write. It allowed me the ability to put the AP stylebook away and be creative. Over the past two semesters, I have been fortunate enough to interview professors and students who shared their past and current experiences with me. Through these interviews not only have I been able to help them tell their stories, but also share with them my personal experience.
I would be lying if I said I wasn’t hesitant to join The COMmunicator when Professor Clark emailed me at the end of my first semester. At the time, I was exhausted and could not fathom the idea of adding something else to my schedule. After giving it some more thought, I decided to pursue the opportunity and looking back, I am so glad that I did.
The COMmunicator offers students more than the ability to work on their writing. It offers them the ability to form meaningful connections and relationships that will continue to grow beyond the short amount of time that students have here at Boston University. For those who may be hesitant to join because they feel it may be a burden to their schedule, I encourage them to give it a chance. Not only will they have the ability to learn about others, but they will be even more surprised with what The COMmunicator allows them to learn about themselves.
Christopher Kattak, Staff Writer
Originally from New Jersey, Christopher Kattak is a second-year master’s student studying public relations at Boston University. Before attending BU, Christopher received his Bachelor of Arts in communication from Sacred Heart University, where he gained corporate communication experience. Christopher began playing ice hockey when he was four years old and continues to have a passion for the sport. Christopher is excited to be a writer for The COMmunicator.