By Bina Davidson on behalf 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 April edition, the YU Observer is highlighting Jake Sheckter.
Name: Jake Sheckter
College: Sy Syms School of Business
Year: Currently Junior, Graduating Spring 2022
Where are you for the COVID-19 pandemic? I was home in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Recently living in New Providence, The Bahamas.
With Whom?: My family.
Currently reading: The Peacemaker’s Code by Deepak Malhotra
Currently watching: The Falcon and The Winter Soldier
Currently listening to: Pink Floyd (most likely)
Favorite way to social distance with friends: Go for drives, walks, hikes, just spending time outside.
Any cool things you’ve done/hobbies you’ve picked up over the COVID-19 pandemic?: I picked up a bit of gardening and began spending more time reading, writing, and taking pictures. I also got scuba-diving certified recently. I also started getting more involved with the stock market and ended up co-founding the Yeshiva University Stock Exchange (YUSE). I am now the President of the club and it has become one of Yu’s largest clubs on/off campus.
What do you miss most about your pre-COVID-19 life?: Probably the interactions with friends, and living in New York.
What is your favorite thing about YU?: There are so many ways to get involved. So many clubs, organizations, and groups. There’s a place for everyone. And if you see the need for something new, it isn’t very difficult to make it happen.
What’s a quote/thought/or piece of advice you have for your fellow students?: Break things into smaller, manageable chunks. At some point, you will most likely get stressed or feel overloaded. Take a couple minutes to breathe and relax yourself, and slowly break up the things you need to do into small, manageable chunks. Just take it one thing at a time, the important thing is to make it something reasonable that you can achieve, not large and daunting.
See some of Jake’s past articles here: