SUNY Student Dies on First Day of Classes

It was the first day of classes at the State University of New York Delhi and students across campus were attending classes, meeting up with their friends, and some were already getting nervous about the difficult semester that loomed before them.

One student, Sarah Gosselin, did not participate in any of these activities. Instead, at 4:30p.m. on August 23, 2011, she was found unresponsive in her bedroom by her roommate. Gosselin was later pronounced dead. An autopsy is currently underway, but school officials do not suspect any sort of foul play in Gosselin’s death. Gosselin was a 21-year old transfer student from Gienmont, NY, and was studying veterinary science.

When a tragedy like this strikes a college campus, it is very normal for the school of offer support and counseling for other students who are affected by the tragedy, and this is exactly what SUNY Delhi is doing. Students can also seek support from their family, friends, and religious organizations.

According to, it is normal for those who are grieving to feel pressure to “carry on” in the face of tragedy, but students should not feel pressured to “be strong” when they are not feeling strong. It is okay to handle your grief in any way that you need to, as long as it does not cause harm to others. This is why it’s a good idea to lean on those who are close to you or attend a counseling session, like the ones that are being offered by the school

EDUinReview wants to extend our sincerest condolences to Sarah Gosselin’s family and friends.


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