By Emily Bayer
Somehow this semester is already coming to a close. Instead of looking ahead to the summer, the Casiano Chronicle took a moment to reflect with some AJU students, asking them about their favorite memories of this school year are. For some odd reason, no one relished finals week.
“A favorite memory of this year was definitely Coming Out Day, and the Halloween party was a lot of fun, too,” recalled junior Lauren Bloom. We can all remember students walking the halls in their personalized T-shirts that boasted what they “came out” as, not only as gay, but also descriptions like “OCD” and “anxiety disorder.”
Casiano Chronicle contributor Omry Shemesh’s favorite part of his junior year was his Women and World Literature class read and performed the play “Vukani.”
Soon-to-be senior Matthew Weiss holds classroom memories of “bringing [his] kids to class and watching them interact with students and teachers” close to his heart.
Max Kreymer said his favorite event this year was “working at the Prejudice Awareness Summit with my Psych of Prejudice class.” The Prejudice Awareness Summit was a successful event that gave AJU students the opportunity to teach children about discrimination.
Other students cherished memories outside their academic life, including nighttime dancing. Junior Jared Newman said, “My favorite part [of the school year] was dancing my a** off at the gala!” Fellow junior Megan Miller cites the recent visit of Latin dancers as a highlight: “I’ll never forget watching the Latin troupe get down on the dance floor and picking up some new moves of my own.”
Recollections of AJU and the people who make it what it is even extend off campus. “Honestly, my favorite part of this year was seeing all my AJU homies at Coachella!” admitted third-year student Rebecca Masor. Though technically not a “school memory,” that Ms. Masor made time to spend with other students amoungst the madness of Coachella is something special.
After speaking with countless AJU students, it is clear that, regardless of test and paper stress, deadlines and that extra credit you’ll get to tomorrow, it is all fleeting — and what remains are the friendships and gratifying experiences shared with peers and faculty at American Jewish University. Hopefully we can all hold on to the great times we’ve had with one another this year and create new ones over the summer, after we all ace our finals.