Welcome Back, Welcome Home?

(Publication pending as Centerpiece article of Sept/Oct 2021 issue of the Barnard Bulletin) While it’s easy to lament the limitations that are placed on how we are able to interact in person, I think our interactions have been made all the more sweeter. Humans have always been innately social creatures, but we now approach others as profoundly changed people and with an appreciation for the moment. This appreciation comes from both looking back at the opportunities that we lost due to COVID-19 and looking ahead with the acknowledgement that the time we have with each other, and in any stage of our lives, such as college, is limited and something we should make the most of, no matter the circumstances.

46 LI students named Regeneron Scholars

Forty-six Long Island students in public and private schools were among 300 high school seniors nationwide named scholars Tuesday in the prestigious Regeneron Science Talent Search, the country’s oldest high school competition in the math and science. In the Bethpage district, educators said Bethpage High School senior Smiti Shah — whose research project focused on efforts to increase access to clean water — is their first-ever honoree in the contest. “Since eighth grade, it’s been my goal to