This past Friday, December 14, began with most of us going about our day as usual. We went to class, went to work and internships, studied for finals, and connected with our friends and colleagues. However, that same morning, about 80 miles away at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, 26 people, including 20 children under the age of 8, were senselessly gunned down, their lives taken from them far too soon.
Last night, about 200 members of the Hofstra community came together at a candlelight vigil outside of the Student Center to show their solidarity for the victims of Sandy Hook and their families, and to support one another as they worked through their grief, shock, and anger in response to this tragedy. Despite the damp and chilly evening, attendees were warmed by the prayer led by Catholic Campus Minister, Bridget McCormack, and the words sung by Hofstra’s Sigma’cappella group, who closed with words of encouragement for the community: “Lean on me, when you’re not strong. I’ll be your friend; I’ll help you carry on.”
As we continue to move through the holiday season, I would encourage you all to count your blessings and let your friends and loved ones know how much you care about them, because life and relationships are precious things.
Students who may need some extra support in dealing with this tragedy are encouraged to make an appointment with Student Counseling Services by calling (516) 463-6791.