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Tuesday, Apr 23, 2024


It’s been a tough year. After being evacuated from campus last spring, we had to finish the semester from bedrooms and dining room tables instead of Davis Library carrels. Stability was no longer a given as our lives seemingly changed on a daily basis. But something remained constant: our love for one another.

For many of us, this newfound alone time has prompted us to reflect on moments at Middlebury when we felt loved and cared for. The moments that we took for granted power breakfasts in Atwater, small gestures of kindness and impromptu deep conversations — are now some of our most cherished ones.

We’ve also adapted creatively in finding new ways to safely maintain close relationships with those important to us and create more moments to cherish, from finding a new favorite hang-out spot to taking a late-night walk at the Knoll.

Here’s a short collection of stories about love at Middlebury throughout the past year, from random acts of kindness to a new take on Proc crush lists and proof that romance isn’t dead. As you read them and reminisce on past expressions of love, we hope these stories bring you joy and inspiration for the semester to come.


Emmanuel Tamrat

Emmanuel Tamrat '22 is Digital Director.

He began working for The Campus as a photographer and online editor  in the fall of 2018, and previously served as senior online editor.

An Environmental Policy major, Tamrat hails from London, GB but calls  Alexandria, VA home. At Middlebury, he is involved in Rethinking  Economics and works as a Democracy Intiatives Intern with the CCE.