During times of crisis, we are especially reminded of the importance of a strong community that helps us not only believe in, but achieve a stronger tomorrow. Like many students around the nation, a lot of LEDA Scholars, Fellows, and alums, faced many challenges during this pandemic. Cohort 14 LEDA Scholar Chris shares disruptions he faced, from having to move out of his dorm, to moving back home to Memphis, TN, and not having adequate internet access, to taking care of life and family responsibilities. While the transition was extremely challenging at first, Chris managed to develop a routine that helps him remain productive and positive:
Besides developing a work/life balance, Chris was very fortunate that his college, the University of Richmond, supported him with everything he needed during the pandemic, such as his moving and travel costs and other necessities. Chris also remains very grateful for the mental support he received from the LEDA Community. He had frequent one-on-one check-ins with the LEDA College Success team and also many of the friends he made while at LEDA, who have been a huge support group.
Chris emphasized how crucial it is to remain in touch with people you care about and those who care about you. “The best thing I learned during this pandemic is that LEDA doesn’t expire. It’s ‘LEDA 4 LIFE.’” As one of LEDA’s four Core Values, Community is an integral component of LEDA’s mission, and we are continuing to work hard to support our students as they navigate the challenges of remote learning/working during this pandemic.