Hello everyone! In this video, I wanted to address the question of "what are we thankful for?" as it is a common topic of discussion as Thanksgiving approaches.
In past years, many people would have answered that question by saying how grateful they are to be spending time with their family and enjoying great food. For many of us, this year may not be the same as it has been in the past.
With all of the changes in our lives, it might even be tough to remember what we’re grateful for, but technology has allowed us to connect and remind each other of all of the good things we still share. I’m thankful for the ways I’ve been able to connect with you, and for your support that is allowing me to stay on a vibrant and safe campus in Marietta while so many students across the country are only learning online.
What are you thankful for this year? I’d love to hear from you, and hope that you’re able to embrace the hard times that we have been enduring as an opportunity rather than an obstacle. One day in the future we all want to look back and know that we made the most of our time in 2020 despite the challenges that have been thrown at us.
October 2020: (STAY)Homecoming, Virtual Stadium Sell Out, and Connections
It was great hearing from many of you throughout the past few weeks! This week, I've created a video to show you what a day in my life looks like as we adapt to changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Although much has changed, we are all still grateful that we continue to have in-person learning (for the most part) and can continue to live on campus.
President Ruud and the faculty at Marietta College have done an incredible job to keep the number of cases to only 4 since the semester has started. Throughout my video, I show you class, practice, dining, and some more, but throughout all those aspects of my day, I am surrounded by wonderful people who make Marietta College a special place and the reason why I enjoy my time here so much.
With that being said, I'd like to encourage everyone to reach out to an old roommate, teammate, coach, professor, or anyone who had an impact on your life during your time at college. Most of us are doing our best to stay inside and limit contact with others to reduce the spread of COVID-19, which means we have a lot less social contact with others. That includes our games, too, but you can join us in our virtual stadium during Homecoming at https://www.givecampus.com/36ffnv. Now, more than ever, we all enjoy catching up with others who we have not seen in a while.
Lastly, I'd like to thank everyone for their concerns regarding my roommate Chad and his battle against brain cancer. Currently, members of the lacrosse team (including myself) are growing our mustaches to raise funds and awareness for Chad and others in similar positions. If you'd like to contribute, you can make a donation here. Please do not feel like you must do this, but know that Chad and his family are very grateful for any support.
Until next time,
September: An Introduction
Hello, my name is Jackson McGill. I am a Junior here at Marietta College majoring in finance and minoring in psychology. My hometown is about four and a half hours away in Frederick, Maryland. I came to Marietta College primarily because of the positive attitudes and excitement displayed by the staff, but also for the opportunity to build the lacrosse program. My freshman year was the first year the team was brought back as a varsity sport. Therefore, I have been able to have a substantial impact on the program since day one. I am also involved in the Pioneers Activities Council, Student Athletic Advisory Committee, and Alpha Lambda Delta Honors Society. My favorite things to do on campus are going to home basketball games and playing video games with my roommates.
This is my first year being an Alumni Ambassador. I am really excited about the opportunity to connect with alumni and hear their stories about their time at Marietta and to hopefully get advice on how to maximize my experience as a student here. I know everyone from The Long Blue Line has had different experiences and opportunities and I hope to hear from you all!