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To the Class of 2020: Dear Graduates…..

This year many of you have lost a moment you have spent years fighting for.  Your graduation was a rite of passage, a ceremony in which those who saw you sacrifice, toil and triumph could witness and share.  The coronavirus epidemic and resulting closures robbed you and your loved ones of this opportunity, but it couldn’t rob you of this….

Your mark in this world.

You have succeeded honorably despite multiple obstacles and reached your goal during a time when life was very uncertain.

Those of Generation Y and Z have witnessed some of the most tumultuous times, and this pandemic adds to the rocky start to many of your careers.

We older individuals might have had difficult paths as well but we had a much clearer picture of our future, of that finish line which helped guide our path.

You all had to, in the fog, reach this point and the fact that you chose to keep fighting and working at it defines the new generation of Americans.

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Our future may seem uncertain during this time of pandemic and economic hardship, but one thing that is certain is you all give us hope.

Our country will be rebuilt and thrive because the next generation of hardworking Americans is YOU.  You who wouldn’t falter after 9/11 or the Great Recession, or social media invading every part of your life. You defied odds and proved that a job, or money or career did not need to be dangled in front of you to complete your studies and finish your schooling.

You got the job done! And I, who have been through multiple graduations – high school, college, and medical school, am saddened that you can’t be on that stage, applauded for your perseverance, ambition and passion.  But realize, no ceremony can begin to describe the pride your friends, families, teachers, mentors and fellow Americans have for you.

You are loved, revered, and honored, and we are so excited and grateful that our future will be driven and strengthened by you and your classmates!

Congratulations Class of 2020!!!

 

Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network, KDWN, iHeart Radio and Board Certified Family Physician

 

Posted in college, coronavirus, Covid-19, Health, news, school

Students Across America Petition Their College to Give Partial Refunds for Tuition

In an effort to protect students and abide by state mandates to close “non-essential” businesses during the COVID-19 epidemic, schools closed and moved students to an online learning platform.  Access to libraries, learning spaces, equipment, faculty and labs were thereby limited among other education necessities.

Students at NYU Tisch School of Arts approached administration with a request for partial tuition refund for the Spring 2020 semester but did not like the response they received.

Dean Allyson Green responded to their request with a video of herself lip syncing and dancing to R.E.M’s “Losing My Religion” in an attempt to explain how it would be challenging to give the students’ their money back.

In an already stressful time, some criticized Dean Green’s video as “embarrassing” and apathetic to the student’s plight.  Dean Green however, explained her dance was an attempt to use art to keep people connected.

The question, however, of will students get a partial tuition refund for being off campus, remains to be answered.

Thousands of students have petitioned their respective schools, asking for partial reimbursement of tuition, housing and food. Some universities will be offering refunds for dormitory and food expenses paid. But offering tuition refunds may be more difficult as much of that money is spent or accounted for in the school budget, and not easily liquid if they cannot displace funds for salaries and rent with government stimulus money.

Students who pay tens of thousands of dollars in tuition each year however are frustrated that their fees including labs, equipment, security, parking, facility access, campus transportation, medical clinic, student government, etc. are not justified when they are home engaged in online learning.

So many have turned to Change.org and created petitions to the following schools, as well as others:

As stated previously, headway has been made for those students living in dormitories and requiring meal plans. However, a partial tuition refund for the conversion to online learning can be very challenging and has yet to be seen.

 

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Daliah Wachs, MD, FAAFP is a nationally syndicated radio personality on GCN Network, KDWN, and iHeart Radio.