Wishing there’d been just a little more time to savor senior year on campus

first_imgThis is part of a series called Postcards From Here, in which Harvard undergraduates talk about the changes brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.Hayoung Ahn ’20Hometown: Queens, N.Y.Concentration: NeuroscienceHouse: LowellCambridge as home“I miss being surrounded by people and moving around all day. I miss being able to have spontaneous conversations with friends that I would run into as I walked around campus. I loved moments where I would see someone I hadn’t seen in a while and just catch up on the spot. At the start of this semester, back in February, I made it one of my intentions to reach out to certain individuals and grab dinner with them one-on-one. Some of those dinners lasted two (sometimes even three) hours. There would be so much to discuss and talk about that we’d simply lose track of time. I’m really captivated by meaningful conversations and opportunities to connect with people on a deeper level, and I think that living on campus gave me lots of chances to seek fulfillment in that way. Over the course of the past four years, I’ve truly come to appreciate Cambridge as a home for me. I just wish I had a few more weeks to enjoy it.” Weekly movie night“Zoom, FaceTime, and Houseparty have also been amazing for video calls and making the most out of this situation. My friends and I try to get creative by incorporating more shared experiences. I’m doing a weekly movie night with my College roommate, where we take a night off and watch something on Netflix ‘together.’ I think that as a College senior, I already had a good sense of who I want to maintain contact with after we graduate. In a way, this quarantine just sped up that process.”Wrapping things up“I spend most days at my desk. Besides being a full-time student, I’m also a course teaching fellow, as well as a research assistant at a Harvard psychology lab. I have been continuing both jobs remotely. I’m also part of Harvard Yearbook Publications, and we have been busy collecting orders for the Class of 2020 Yearbook and preparing for a transition in leadership for next year.”Waiting for the storm to pass“Since we live in New York, where the situation is particularly severe, I think that there is a lot of fear surrounding us and impacting our lifestyles. My parents have both been at home, no longer able to go to work. My younger brother is a senior in high school, and he has been taking his classes online, too. It feels like I’m on an indefinite spring break, and I’m just spending time at home, waiting for the storm to pass by. The streets are very empty. On my walks around my neighborhood, I’ve been able to walk on the roads without worrying about cars passing through. It’s a very strange atmosphere.” Scenes from the socially distant A remote ‘Doctor of Philosophy Dance Party,’ laughter yoga, crowd-sourced altruism, and tweet to remember The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. Finding creative ways to maintain campus bonds remotely Teaching by podcast; a taste of campus life; lessons from the South Pole; virtual voice lessons Life at a distance Notes from the new normal Related Some groups have retooled old school rituals, while others have created new ones Bits of the socially distanced lives of staff and faculty, from a LEGO model of the Music Building to Gov. Andrew Cuomo as Henry V to cereal for dinner — in the shower Dispatches from socially distancing students and faculty Snapshots of the widespread Harvard community: A Zoom wedding; reunion in St. Croix; challenges of teaching ASL online; and a taste of Cuba last_img read more

Tussle continues in AICF, Jt Secy takes exception to Treasurer’s “rowdy” remark

first_imgLast Updated: 2nd January, 2020 18:33 IST Tussle Continues In AICF, Jt Secy Takes Exception To Treasurer’s “rowdy” Remark The war of words between two rival factions of the All India Chess Federation (AICF) continued on Thursday with Joint Secretary Naresh Sharma taking offense FOLLOW US LIVE TV Press Trust Of India First Published: 2nd January, 2020 18:33 IST SUBSCRIBE TO US READ | Conor McGregor’s Coach Warns Donald Cerrone Ahead Of Their Main Event Clash At UFC 246 READ | NFL: Bill Belichick& Patriots Escape Punishment After No Spygate 2 Evidence Found: ReportsHe said that certain issues had cropped up due to conspiracy by a section of AICF officials. “I’d like to use this opportunity to clarify certain issues that have propped up of late due to conspiracy by a section of AICF officials to muddy the water for personal gain and shield corruption and malpractices by individuals,” Sharma said. The AICF conducted a special/urgent meeting of office-bearers and state associations in Bhopal on December 28 in the presence of Sports Ministry observers to discuss various issues including corruption charges against West Bengal Chess Association Secretary Atanu Lahiri.READ | Qamar: Exposure To International Tournaments Has Helped Young Boxers Grow In Indiacenter_img WATCH US LIVE “After the meeting, the AICF Treasurer Kishor Bandrekar has issued a press release alleging that Federation Secretary Bharat Singh Chauhan snatched mikes and spoke on issues outside the agenda and was lustily cheered by his “rowdy” supporters,” Sharma said. The agenda was discussed at length and the resolutions were passed by acclamation (‘aye’ voting) as in parliamentary procedure, Sharma added. He also said the AICF Secretary briefed the members present and the snatching of the mike as alleged by the Treasurer did not happen at all. The President only left after all the points were discussed by the members present. Sharma alleged that only the AICF Vice-President DV Sundar tried to suppress the democratic open discussion of the constituent members and their representatives. “There was no raising of slogans by members present and they only expressed their strong feelings about the various matters,” he said. The war of words between two rival factions of the All India Chess Federation (AICF) continued on Thursday with Joint Secretary Naresh Sharma taking exception to Treasurer Kishor Bandrekar’s “rowdy” remark at a recent meeting in Bhopal.  Bandrekar, who owns allegiance to the AICF President P R Venketrama Raja faction, termed Secretary Bharat Singh Chauhan-led rival unit’s recent behaviour during a meeting as “rowdy”, which didn’t go down well with Joint Secretary Sharma, who belongs to the latter’s side.   “I condemn the Treasurer for calling my colleagues in AICF and esteemed colleagues of various chess associations ‘ROWDY’,” Sharma said in a statement.READ | Barry Alvarez Shuns Annoying Grandson During Wisconsin Badgers’ Rose Bowl 2020 GameThe tussle continues in AICFHe also denied that Chauhan was involved in mike snatching at the meeting as alleged by the federation Treasurer. The AICF President and Secretary have been loggerheads over various issues. AICF Treasurer Bandrekar had on Monday alleged the Federation Secretary Chauhan snatched mikes and spoke on issues outside the agenda at the December 28 meeting in Bhopal and that he was lustily cheered by his “rowdy” supporters. COMMENT Written Bylast_img read more