STAT Vice President Julia Shuman ’22 believes that events like Kindness Day are especially important due to the current challenges so many people are facing .
“Everyone needs extra kindness right now,” she said. “Now more than ever, people need activities to support each other and boost our spirits.”
Another highlight was the ice cream social event “Get the Scoop on Philanthropy,” which gave students a chance to thank donors to the college’s annual fund. This year STAT created an interactive picture collage to allow students to share what they were thankful for on social media. While there wasn’t ice cream available this year, students who shared their message of thanks could win a Purity Ice Cream gift card.
Sara Boschwitz ’22 recognized the importance of acknowledging the generosity of those who give to the annual fund.
“With their support, students like me are given the opportunity to use resources that help us grow in our field of study,” she said. “Access to resources such as lab equipment, instruments, and so much more, is a fundamental part of our education at Ithaca and it helps us prepare for our futures.”
Shuman also feels that the reciprocity shown during I Love IC Week is critical.
“I wouldn't have known that important things like financial aid or club funding comes from the annual fund if it wasn’t for my work with I Love IC Week,” she said. “It really spreads a message to students about how important donors are to the student experience and how important it is to thank them.”