By Bina Davidson on behalf of Features Staff
Each month, the YU Observer aims to highlight some of the YU undergraduate students who have written articles for us over the course of the semester. For the November edition, the YU Observer is highlighting Elyanna Saperstein and Tamar Nicole Soussana.
Name: Elyanna Saperstein
College: Touro: Lander College for Women
Where are you for the COVID-19 pandemic? With Whom?: At home,with family.
Currently reading: “The Prophet” by Kahlil Gibran, “On the Road” by Jack Kerouac and “Make Something Up” by Chuck Palahniuk.
Currently watching: Reruns of my favorite — “Bojack Horseman”.
Currently listening to: Shmuli Unger — “Atu”, Yungblud — “Lemonade” and “Polygraph Eyes”, Yoely Grossman — Lev Nishbar, CL — “5 Star”, Blackbear — “hot girl bummer”.
Favorite way to social distance with friends: Zoom Study Sessions.
Any cool things you’ve done/hobbies you’ve picked up over the COVID-19 pandemic?: I’ve been trying to read, run and write more — (and actually get homework done before the hour its due — it should count as an extreme sport).
What do you miss most about your pre-COVID-19 life?: Hanging with friends, (and being allowed into YU buildings).
What is your favorite thing about YU?: Intellectual Modern Orthodoxy.
What’s a quote/thought/or piece of advice you have for your fellow students?:
There’s this really funny quote I heard, just saying, “This is only my first life” it reminds me that everyone else in the world is struggling just as much as the next. None of us know what we’re doing, none of us have had experience dealing with, well, life I guess. We should just all remember to extend that little extra piece of compassion we want people to give us — it’s everyone’s first life — and just like us, everyone is trying their best to live their life with zero experience.
Read some of her articles here: