A Semester of Firsts

The Compass is back – and we’re finding true North again.

This semester has held many “firsts.” For some students, it’s their first semester of college; for all students and faculty, it is their first time navigating college during a pandemic.

On behalf of Donovan and I, we are so excited to bring the Compass back into action for its first online “issue” of the 2020-2021 school year. Our goals for the paper are encapsulated in the Compass’ mission statement.

“Even though the world has turned upside down, the Compass aims to be a reliable source in the FSW community, sharing the stories that matter with the Lee, Charlotte, Collier, and Hendry-Glades campuses in a fact-based and engaging way. With new leadership, we aim to be the voice of the FSW students and staff while maintaining a professional and unbiased presence.”

In short, we want to share the stories you want to hear. We want to be there through many firsts – just because we live in unprecedented times, that does not mean that they are unconquerable. 

It is easy to get caught up in all of the “bad” going on, but I want to remind you of something: when surrounded by darkness, you can be the light. I hope that the Compass will make you more cognizant of what you can do to make the world a better place and of the steps the community is taking to do so.

This week, we have a line-up of articles written by our fantastic staff writers aimed at raising awareness, whether for mental health (“Depression and COVID-19”), campus happenings (“COVID-19: Campus Events Gone Viral”), or financial aid (“Maximizing Your Financial Aid for the 2021-22 School Year”). 

You can stay updated by following the Compass on social media @fswcompass. Check us out on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter!

Whether you’re merely trying to get by as a student during a pandemic, needing to see that you’re not alone in mental health or financial struggle, or a faculty member wanting your students to get educated on the news, or anything in between, it is our goal that the Compass provides something valuable to you.

Have courage, be positive, and stay safe,

Amy Enberg

Compass Co-Editor-in-Chief 

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