This week has truly been crazy.
For spring break this year, I decided to stay on campus because my mom was coming up to campus for Easter. I was excited to have my mom on campus. She hasn't been here since a parents' football game in September of my freshman year, and I was going to show her everything!
However, due to COVID-19, Notre Dame will be transitioning to online courses as of Monday, March 23rd until at least April 13th. These precautions have been made to ensure that all students, faculty, and staff are safe, healthy, and protected.
While it's disappointing and I'm ultimately sad about the severity of COVID-19, I am excited to be heading home, sleeping in my own bed, enjoying homemade meals, and entering this stressful time with family at my side.
My mom has canceled her trip to South Bend, but she will have so many more opportunities to visit campus. I hope she can come next semester, see the boom and busyness of campus, and maybe even experience one of our notorious winters!
So needless to say, spring break was kind of wild here on campus. No one was panicking or rushing to move out. Instead, I enjoyed a practically empty dining hall, a section bathroom to myself, and endless background Netflix shows while I completed some assignments and got ahead in other classes. It was a time of clarity and peace in an increasingly dark world and in the presence of mass global mania.
With another week of spring break ahead of me, I have already booked my flight home, and also a tentative flight back to campus. I am happy to be headed back home, but I also recognize that this is a time for prayer and action. I am praying for all those affected in any way, ND family and beyond, and those who are suffering from COVID-19 and other afflictions worldwide.