2021 has been a doozy, in more ways than one. The emergence of the delta variant for COVID-19 stifled hopes that vaccines would offer a return to normalcy, and with much of America still reeling from the impact of George Floyd’s 2020 murder, a wave of anti-Asian violence shook the nation once more this year, culminating in the Atlanta spa shootings. More recently, the rise of the omicron variant has sparked new fears and uncertainties as many students prepare to return home for the holidays.
Amidst these challenges, The Prospect strived to offer a platform for students to reflect on and process their experiences. During our second full year since our reboot in February 2020, we have wandered in many new directions and have maintained past traditions, such as our recommendations series, which was inaugurated during the first semester of COVID-19 in spring 2020. The fall of 2021 has been particularly fruitful for our arts critics, as students on campus experienced concerts, films, and other life events in person again after two years of Zoom.
Our Self reflections are stronger than ever, with our writers and collaborators writing on grief, queer identity, disability, mental health, body image, and being a pre-med student during a pandemic. We are grateful to everyone who has been brave enough to be vulnerable and open with their stories, and we are so happy to have a platform with which they can share their experiences. We’ve done cultural analysis, ranging from asking how we should hold artists accountable, to examining the rise in popularity of East Asian media in the United States. And we have had no shortage of local food coverage in the past year.
As 2021 comes to a close, The Prospect finds itself more mature and solidified. A year ago, we were just excited to say that we were even publishing, that we had a presence in The Daily Princetonian at large. Now that we have established ourselves, the goal for next year is to maintain that momentum and continue to thrive, not just survive.
We thank you for following our journey, and we wish you well this holiday season!