From the Editors: Why We're Reinventing Ourselves


When we rang in the new year on the first day of 2020, we were blissfully unaware of the fact that for most of us, our lives would take a complete turn and that by the end of it, the world we live in would no longer be seen through rose-tinted glasses. 

It was a year of loss. We lost people, places, things and pretty much every idea of the world we had become accustomed to. It was a year of historic events, from impeachments to protests to presidency, all while in the midst of a pandemic: to say the least, last year was exhausting.

It was only through our struggles and exhaustions with our current situation (and maybe all the time spent alone in quarantine) that we were able to find parts of ourselves we never knew existed. We found things that we loved, whether old or new. We found new hobbies, new music, new trends and new ways to stay connected to the ones we love the most. 

We found all of the things that make us who we are. In the last year, many of us have begun to come out of our cocoons that held our former selves. It’s been terrifying, but there’s something beautiful about looking into your own soul and putting all of your pieces together.

All this to say, we chose to focus this upcoming issue of Garnet & Black on this idea of reinvention. G&B always strives to be a voice for everyone, and while everyone has experienced the past year in vastly different ways, we hope that you can find bits and pieces of your own story in some of ours. 

You can find these stories in our print edition coming out Monday, April 12.

Here’s to growth, and hopefully a much easier year than the last one.