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What are you thinking about in these strange and challenging times? Share a reflection, a comment, maybe even a short poem with your fellow Clarkies.

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  1. I am so proud to be an alumna of Clark University!!! I am proud and not at all surprised by Clark’s response to these trying times. I miss my Clark days #foreveraClarkie.

  2. This is epicly epic that the epic epicness of this epicly epic epicness simply and of course epicly, cannot be captured in one or a pleathora of epicly epic comments of epicness. EPIC MODE ENGAGED. ROCK ON and SHINE ON YOU CHIP SKY(C)LARK’s in the world.

  3. We all have our windows to the world, and the views may have changed. But in the words of one of my favorite poets, Emily Dickinson:
    “Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul and sings the tune without the words and never stops at all.”
    Take care of each other and look to hope.

  4. Stay Strong . Cougars and Clarkies. !!!

  5. We are in the course of a highly teachable moment. There’s no doubt that this period will be referred to for the rest of our lifetimes. During this period, we have a chance to go deep and to go broad. I chose to sit in a place and think back about what went wrong and what mistakes were made. I am happy for opting Clark and very much satisfied with Clark and the community. Thank you, Clark, for helping us in these hard times virtually with few programs like student escort, uber program, online advisories, etc.

    I am waiting to see the campus enlightened with the smiles of Clarkies.

  6. Found on a group, blessing to the person who wrote it.
    Me: Hey God.
    God: Hello…
    Me: I’m falling apart. Can you put me back together?
    God: I would rather not.
    Me: Why?
    God: Because you aren’t a puzzle.
    Me: What about all of the pieces of my life that are falling down onto the ground?
    God: Let them stay there for a while. They fell off for a reason. Take some time and decide if you need any of those pieces back.
    Me: You don’t understand! I’m breaking down!
    God: No – you don’t understand. You are breaking through. What you are feeling are just growing pains. You are shedding the things and the people in your life that are holding you back. You aren’t falling apart. You are falling into place. Relax. Take some deep breaths and allow those thing you don’t need anymore to fall off of you. Quit holding onto the pieces that don’t fit you anymore. Let them fall off. Let them go.
    Me: Once I start doing that, what will be left of me?
    God: Only the very best pieces of you.
    Me: I’m scared of changing.
    God: I keep telling you – YOU AREN’T CHANGING!! YOU ARE BECOMING!
    Me: Becoming who?
    God: Becoming who I created you to be! A person of light and love and charity and hope and courage and joy and mercy and grace and compassion. I made you for more than the shallow pieces you have decided to adorn yourself with that you cling to with such greed and fear. Let those things fall off of you. I love you! Don’t change! Become! Become! Become! Become who I made you to be. I’m going to keep telling you this until you remember it.
    Me: There goes another piece.
    God: Yep. Let it be.
    Me: So… I’m not broken?
    God: No – but you are breaking like a dawn. It’s a new day. Become!!

  7. Although this pandemic has caused many disruptions in our daily lives, the Clark community continues to shine. I have been so impressed by the community’s drive and desire to support one another amidst this crisis. Continue taking care of each other – we will get through this!

  8. Hello, Clarkies! Greetings from Worcester, Mass., where I now telecommute with my husband, two teenagers, and two rescue dogs! While the pandemic and present situation have presented some seemingly insurmountable challenges for our community, it’s been heartwarming to witness and share stories about how our community members are connecting with others during this time of need. I’m so incredibly grateful for technology (even though my many calls to Clark’s Help Desk might lead someone to believe otherwise…). Reach out to a friend or relative today via phone or text to share a funny story or reminisce. Connect with a colleague through videoconferencing or email; share a fun fact about yourself or your quarantine crew on social media. We need each other right now; someone you know might be struggling more than you realize. We should be kind to each other, forgiving of ourselves, and make every attempt to approach the tasks at hand with patience, flexibility and humor. Things WILL get better. Until we see each other again in person, keep your chin up and stay safe and healthy!

  9. Amid all this uncertainty, it’s been so uplifting to hear stories of how Clarkies are staying connected, following their passions, and continuing to make a difference in their communities. This is a truly special place. I can’t wait to see everyone back on campus.

  10. No one could have prepared for this pandemic, but I take pride in how the Clark community has risen to the challenge and problem-solved to get through this together. Even though we are physically apart, I feel the Clark spirit with every story told, every social media post made, and every virtual class held. Now more than ever, it’s evident how special Clark’s students, faculty, and staff are. Miss you all and can’t wait to return to campus!

  11. Hello Clark community! I hope you are hanging in there, and staying well. Here’s an excerpt from a poem that resonated with me. From a crowdsourced, community poem of hope, “Social Distance,” by Kwame Alexander, NPR’s poet in residence:

    “At the window, she considers that
    She is not who she was,
    and she is not who she will be.
    She is transforming.
    She will be strong and resilient.
    She will be honest with herself and those she loves.
    She will have stories to tell And when she does
    They will no longer shake her voice.

    From here, she will see the anxiety, the worry,
    paint over its bold permanence, like oil and acrylic on canvas.
    From here, She HOPES, offering it to neighbors from a safe distance.
    From here, she SINGS, transcending the dark somber strain
    From here, She BELIEVES, we will get through this
    From here, today will be good, and tomorrow will be better.”

  12. I miss my Clark family. I miss the interaction I have with my student workers and our Clark Team. I hope everyone is well. I’ll continue to pray that this pandemic goes away and we will all be together soon.

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