My Life as a Statue


Emily Dvareckas

Roger Williams was an advocate for religious freedoms and helped create relationships with native tribes that inhabited the land.

My Dearest Hawks,

I have heard you all are beginning to test for the virus twice a week now, which is great. Personally, I haven’t been able to get over to the Field House for my biweekly tests since my feet are not made for walking. Don’t worry, I won’t spread my germs to you.

You all should be proud of how well the beginning of this semester has gone. I’ve heard other schools have not been as successful in their endeavors this semester. So, keep up the great work and keep up your masks. If it isn’t covering your nose, it isn’t protecting you or others.

I have seen a lot of people walk past me since I was built. I’ve seen the different fashion fads that go in and out throughout the years. It is a true testament to your individuality and has always been one of my favorite things to see with each group of students that come through the campus. This year may feel different but from my point of view, it remains the same just with different aspects.

The masks I see may cover your facial features but they also tell a story. From the blue hospital-style masks to plain black masks, to bright patterns, to your favorite sports team, the masks all carry your own individuality.

From someone who is permanently affixed on top of the rock overlooking the D’Angelo Commons, I can see your lives moving forward. Even if you feel like the life you knew six months ago is far away, just know that I see it differently. I see progress.

Sometimes you just need to stand back from your everyday life, stand still and revel in the success that you create every day. Time will always move forward. Take control and lead your life in the way you want because you’ll never be able to move backward.

The Roger Williams statue is keeping his mask on tight without spaces under his chin or around his cheeks. (Emily Dvareckas)