As of mid-April, classes at universities across the nation have been switched from in-person to online. It has been five weeks since COVID-19 has been officially declared a state of national emergency. A $2 trillion stimulus package has been signed by President Trump as part of a new economic recovery program to help those affected economically by the coronavirus.
Stimulus checks starting at the base of $1200 have begun to be sent to millions of Americans depending on their total income in 2019 or 2018. College students are feeling a mixture of fear and disappointment with graduation ceremonies being canceled or held online while worrying about the health of their families. Once optimistic seniors are now worried about the uncertain future as graduations are a few months away and no one is sure if we will even have a real graduation ceremony to make four years of back-breaking work worth it.
The main concerns students have reported about range from being concerned about their family’s health and employment prospects to canceled plans. It is important for everyone to remember that this won’t last forever. We have endured crises worse than this before, and we will again. We have survived 9/11, the H1N1 pandemic, the SARS pandemic, etc.
As Americans, we are a group of self-reliant individuals who come together to do what is best for our great country. President Trump, Vice President Pence, the CDC, and health workers all over the US are encouraging self-quarantine and other measures to help stop this pandemic. They are working around the clock to find a cure for this pandemic and updating everyone on the latest information.
As a student who is due to graduate this June, it is disappointing that my spring break and summer plans were canceled, but I continue to remind myself that it will get better. I can either complain about it or do something productive. The best thing we can do as a campus community is to stay inside, only leave home for essential tasks, and help each other out via donating food to those in need and praying for this crisis to end. In times like this, it is important that we put away our differences and work together as one because we are all in this together with the knowledge that we come out of this stronger.