Eugenie spent an anxious summer preparing for her first year at GW. She was excited to dive into a new experience and meet new people. But she was also apprehensive about living on campus during the COVID pandemic. By the time the university announced that all classes would take place online, Eugenie had already resigned herself to spending her first semester at home in Houston. “I was actually relieved that I didn’t have to go to campus,” she said. “It was the best possible decision for the student body, for the faculty, for everyone.”
Eugenie is focused on being as engaged as possible in the GW experience and has already made new friends through her remote participation in GW’s Women's Leadership Program’s meetings and membership in the GW University Singers and the American Medical and Physiology Club. (She is weighing a major in either biology or music.)
She also plans to expand her volunteer work with the Houston homeless population. She and her high school classmates recently published an arts anthology titled Looking Up (https://www.amazon.com/Looking-Up-Anthology-Eugenie-Pflieger/dp/B08B37VQC1), with all proceeds donated to the nonprofit Healthcare for the Homeless Houston.
“This is a different experience. But it doesn't have to be a lesser one,” she said. “Even though things aren’t happening the way I wanted, I tell myself there is always something I can do to make life better—for me and the people around me.”
As published at the Columbian College of Arts & Sciences of The George Washington University.