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Pandemic life-lessons from Tolstoy
Jackie Haining '22

Reading this story provided another perspective on my own expectations. While so many of us pitied ourselves for what we wouldn’t be able to accomplish because of the coronavirus, we were mourning the wrong losses. Like the story of Ivan Ilyich, our lives can fly by with the pressure of grades and college applications, worries over our interests and future careers, social expectations and concerns over how we are perceived. All the while we do not sufficiently appreciate what makes it all tolerable, even worth-while: friendship.

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