This is part of a series of blogs from Noble campus representatives to give a deeper look at campus life.
Let me ask you a question! If we challenged you to ask anyone in your immediate family or circle to give you a brief synopsis of 2020, you would probably expect the majority to mention at least one challenge that they’ve faced, right? If we took the time to put those challenges to paper, we would probably see a few trends: Covid-19, the presidential election, police brutality and civil unrest, social injustice, and fear of the unknown have all plagued us in some capacity or another. Talk about the “Baskin Robins of Pain”! But guess what! There’s hope on the other side! Before we go further in our first blog of the year we would like to encourage you to believe that things can and will get better. We know that society, the government, experts, nor us have it all figured out but we want to challenge you to push through and look for a reason to smile.
Along with looking for daily reasons to smile there are a few steps that we at Butler would like to present to you that we feel would create a little ease as we journey through the rest of the year together. First, we would like to encourage each and every one of you to take the necessary precautions to ensure that you are staying healthy ( wearing your mask, sanitizing your hands, and surroundings, and consistent health checks). We know that this isn’t the “end all be all” but as we continue to navigate through the unknown this will help us move one step closer to our goals of returning to the building. We would also like to encourage each and every member of the Butler family to register if you haven’t already done so and then get out and vote! We understand that the future of this country may seem like it’s in limbo; however, we are here to let you know that your vote matters.
Now taking it a step further, we know that every time we turn the tv on or look on social media there’s a new video of someone experiencing the fullness of injustice and brutality. However, we want to encourage you with two things, to believe in your voice and cherish your mental health. We know that these things can be draining, so if you can take some time to go for a walk, get a nice jog in, watch a movie, hang out with your loved ones, or whatever else makes you feel at ease. Aside from that, please remember that no matter what is going on in society, you have constitutional rights and many great leaders have fought so that you may have the power to speak and take a stand. Whether that be through using your creative gifts and skills to impact your community, or supporting an organization (maybe Noble/Butler) as they fight to make sure that the individuals they serve are cared for with no limits, do so proudly.
Lastly, we would like to encourage you to engage with us as we work endlessly to make this school year the best year possible. We understand that there may be mountains that stand in our way, but we assure you that we will conquer them together. Over the first few weeks of this semester, our Butler administration team and staff strived to make a lasting impact on you through our Back to School Jam, interactive assignments, and Zoom sessions and facilitating our Parent Advisory Council (PAC) meetings. Hey, if you wake up early enough you might have caught your favorite Butler staff participating in our morning stretch! But, if we’re being real we know things aren’t perfect. However, we believe that with your continued engagement we can conquer the mountains that stand in our way.
In closing, we hope that you will continue to walk with us as we navigate the new normal. This can be done through joining our campus-wide virtual events and communicating with us whenever you have a question. We may not have all the answers but we promise that we are working to provide you with the best version of Butler as we strive for excellence during this pandemic.
Lynx family, thank you! Thank you for standing with us and believing in the mission. Thank you for pushing us towards greatness. Thank you for being you! In the words of the great philosopher Kendrick Lamar, “we gon’ be alright”.
Written by: Brandon Prince, Butler College Prep