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Today I find myself in a relatively nostalgic mood. I'm back home and I'm forced to think, to reminisce, to remember. 

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When I scroll through Instagram, more often than not, I am very grateful for my education. I'm sure all of you have been there: you look at a post and question, "How... just how.. and why?" 

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Congratulations to all the graduating seniors. You've done it. Your family cried. You're officially an adult. The Ames community is so proud of you.

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My son is black. And I always fear for his safety. My fear stems from the fact that black boys and men are two and a half times more likely to be shot by the police than their white counterparts. 

Media has been circling around the story of Ahmaud Arbery, an unarmed black man in Georgia who was jogging and hunted down by two armed white men, Gregory McMichael and Travis McMichael, who claim they were making a “citizen’s arrest” by shooting Arbery in cold blood. It took 74 days before the killers were prosecuted and jailed. This is not the first of its kind and, tragically, it won’t be the last.

I'm beyond disappointed and disturbed by what I saw on the news the morning of May 6. There are not enough words to express how I feel, but here are a few that come to mind. Heartbroken. Disturbed. Angry. Disjointed. Frustrated. Beyond frustrated. But not surprised.

As we reach the end of the school year, I want to take a moment to congratulate you all on making it through this difficult and unpredictable semester. None of us could have anticipated in January that COVID-19 would reach this point, almost unchecked.

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You're doing it, you're getting it done and you're doing great. I am so very proud of this community for pushing through this *waves at everything around me* peculiar time of ours. We have two days until the end of the spring 2020 semester and I could not be more ecstatic with our results over these obstacles. 

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