When the unexpected happens, we sometimes do not know how to react. We immediately think of the effect the present will have on the future. 

When news on the coronavirus started to get serious back in March, I found myself thinking this way as I knew a lot of uncertainty lay ahead. 
 
Your senior year of college is a special time, one where you are supposed to be soaking in everything you can before you leave. 

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During my senior year at St. Bonaventure University, I had been doing just that. With so many memories already made this year — trips to Toronto and Florida with my friends, basketball games and everything else in between.  

With so many more memories still to be made, the thought of it all coming to an end so quickly was certainly something I was dreading.  

Fast-forward almost two months, after my senior year did get cut short. I have adjusted to living back at home while doing all of my classwork online like every other college student. 

It has definitely been tough at times not being with my friends and thinking about events that were supposed to occur but didn't

During this time I have found myself being more reflective of the past than remorseful on what I am missing out on. I think now is a better time than ever to think about all the special things in life. 

For me, my time at St. Bonaventure was definitely one of them. When reflecting back, I think of how thankful I am for everything that makes it such an amazing place. 

I am thankful for everything about the campus and the surrounding community. For all the professors, faculty, and staff who have helped guide me along the way. For my friends, who have created so many great memories

Also, things like the basketball team, for which I am thankful for its meaning to our school and the community. The NCAA tournament run in 2018 and other thrilling games have definitely created some very special memories for me. 

Most importantly, I am thankful for all the opportunities the school has given me. This includes being able to study abroad in Italy for five weeks during the summer, something that I will never forget. 

Also, being interested in the sports communication field, St. Bonaventure, has helped me find job and internship opportunities as well as classes that have helped me prepare for whatever my next journey is. 

All of these things have made my experience at St. Bonaventure so much better, as it has for many other students as well. That is why I believe even when unfortunate things occur we should always take some time to think about the positives in life and be grateful for them. 

So while I am disappointed I will not be able to walk the stage with classmates on Sunday, I know I will always be thankful for all the memories that I have made.

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