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Students Reflect on Recent Historical Events

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Picture of face masks. Picture curtesy of Simeon Zaragoza. 

Over the last couple of decades, our world has been hit with many historical events. These events can shape our society in either a positive or negative way. 9/11, shootings/bombings, the Pandemic, Ukraine- Russian war, the killing of George Floyd, and so on; these moments have had a lasting impact on students on campus and all around the globe.
It’s important and essential to tell people’s stories because learning from one another is what creates empathy and allows others to understand deeper.
Coming out of the stressful time of the pandemic and lockdown, the students of CSU Stanislaus share the pivotal moments that have shaped them the most. 
Fatima Sanchez (senior, Liberal Studies), shared about how living through the pandemic affected her. She said it was a sudden change that no one was prepared for but were forced to adapt to.
“It was very scary not knowing what was going to happen next or when it would end,” she said. “Of course, we could lose family and friends at any point in life, but the pandemic greatly increased my fear of losing my loved ones.”
Syria Munoz, (sophomore, Science) shared about January 6, the storming of the US capitol, as a significant moment for her.
“A historical event I remember was on Jan 6 when a various amount of Trump supporters rushed the U.S. capitol,” she said. “When I heard this circling around social media and the news, I couldn’t believe how insane these Trump supporters had become.”  
Munoz added that the thought of storming the capitol to make a statement that the election was rigged, was crazy.
“But most of all, it was surprising and sad what the influence of power can truly do,” Munoz said.  
Kenya Bautista Barcenas, (junior, Communication Studies,) said the the aftermath of the killing of George Floyd was a significant moment to her.
“One of the historical events that I’ve been through was the BLM protests after George Floyd was murdered under police custody in 2020,” she said. “I remember watching the video on Twitter and feeling a complete wave of shock.”
She continues by emphasizing her emotions,”
Students are not alone in their experiences. It’s important to express our thoughts about certain events because it allows individuals and those around to get intimate with their own fragilities. By doing so, we can create conversations rooted in care and compassion. 
 Local Campus resource links to help students with coping from negative events.
-        https://www.csustan.edu/CAPS/coping-covid-19
-        https://www.csustan.edu/CAPS
-        https://www.csustan.edu/CAPS/resources-students

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Students Reflect on Recent Historical Events