There has been so much devastation lately in so many different places in the world. For some, it is easy to stay distant from it, it happened somewhere else. However, sometimes the grief from somewhere else also hits us at our home. The grief of the horrific attack in Nice, France may seem a world away to some, but in reality it is shared here in our hometown. A student from a local college was in Nice on an educational program, and was one of the victims of the attack on July 14. The grief that has poured out in France, we now understand on a personal level. The student, Mykhaylo Bazelevskyy, wasn’t just a victim. He was a son, a brother, a friend and classmate. He was very involved in college activities and a significant member of that community. It’s easy to look at far away events, and bow our heads for a moment at the losses. But we also need to remember these losses are shared by those nearby as well. His immediate family, as well as his college family are all experiencing his death the same as the families in Nice, France. With shock, with questions, with intense sadness. This shared grief connects us. Although we are in a different country, we remember and grieve alongside Nice, now with the understanding that only comes through personal experience.