The Class of 2020 didn’t get to finish its senior year on Hillsdale’s campus, but at many universities, the classes of 2021 – 2024 have it even worse. College students across the nation are facing a whole semester, perhaps even a year, of remote learning. Here, however, the partnership of college is thriving.
Hillsdale is used to being different from the rest of the country, but in the world of coronavirus, the blessings of our liberty may be greater than ever. We already receive an exceptional education. We have the privilege of studying books and authors that many of our generation haven’t even heard of. We learn the things that enrich our souls and teach us how to be fully human. The fact that we are continuing to learn in person this fall only elevates these differences.
The shortness of last semester taught us an important lesson. Nothing — not even Hillsdale College — is invincible. We don’t know what’s in store in the coming months, and we can’t know. If there was an appropriate contemporary time for the old Latin adage carpe diem—seize the day — now is that moment. As we return to our classes and community with comparatively mild new protocols, we should come to the table of knowledge rejoicing.