Oof, this week has been brutal for the world on almost everything. Not going to hide anything here. For the sake of clarity, I am writing this blog post on March 13th, 2020. I want everyone to know this due to potential information that may be outdated by the time people read this, and I don’t want to be held accountable for it. Let’s take a brutally honest look at what has happened in the world this past week.
This past week, a lot of life has happened to everyone. Literally worlds have been flipped over and almost everyone is now being forced to adjust to a new reality. Chaos is ensuing and people are freaking out. I don’t blame anyone because part of myself is freaking out.
On Monday and Tuesday night, a lot of America watched the end of Peter Weber’s love story on his season of The Bachelor. On Monday night, we saw Madison break up with him on her final one-on-one date with him. Peter was devastated but decided to focus all of his attention to his relationship with Hannah Ann. We saw Hannah Ann become doubtful towards the end of her final one-on-one date with him and America began to question if Peter will end up single. On Tuesday night, we saw Peter propose to Hannah Ann. We saw him share the news with his mom who was overjoyed because she literally cried to Peter telling him to bring Hannah Ann home. (I am still curious as to what would’ve happened if he chose Madison). Then what felt like 5 minutes later, he broke up with Hannah Ann because he couldn’t give his entire heart to the relationship.
My thoughts on that were, could Peter have known that before proposing to Hannah Ann? I didn’t necessarily like he did that because they seemingly broke up shortly after. Peter’s mom was not happy about that. Then Peter and Madison reconnected, and Peter’s mom was VISIBLY upset about that. Peter’s mom made it known to the world that she thought this was a mistake, and that she knew Peter and Madison will break up due to them being so different. After that incredibly too intense for America to be watching interaction, Peter and Madison stated that they were in love and were going to pursue a relationship.
2 days later, Peter and Madison broke up. Not surprised. They had an uphill battle with the lack of support from Peter’s family and their lives being so different.
Once again, this wasn’t a happy ending and that’s why I didn’t love this finale. There wasn’t a concise, guaranteed happy ending of any sort, which is unprecedented for The Bachelor. I hope everyone involved finds their happy ending and love story soon.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard about Coronavirus. It is now considered to be a Pandemic. Let’s talk about a college student’s experience dealing with this Pandemic. We’re going to talk about mine because mine is what most college students went through.
Throughout the semester, students at the University of Delaware have been getting periodic updates on COVID-19. We were getting emails about what to do, if we felt symptoms, and so on. I’ve taken those emails seriously because I know UD needs to be cautious with this. COVID-19 has been spread around in the states and is now a serious threat that must be addressed. On Monday, March 9th, 2020, events and University hosted spring break trips started to get canceled and postponed on UD’s campus out of caution for this disease. I had a dinner that got postponed to a later date. The following day, our big dance-a-thon UDANCE got canceled.
On Tuesday, March 10th, 2020 students at UD got an email saying that classes should be in preparation to go online soon. A lot of other universities already went online, and there were talks about when UD would follow them. Amongst the community, students were hearing that the plan was to hold out until our spring break, which was originally supposed to be from March 28th until April 5th. There weren’t any cases at UD or in Delaware at the time, and classes would meet in person until either Spring Break or there was a confirmed case at UD. The following day on March 11th, 2020, there was a hailstorm of chaos
First, at 1:34 pm I got the notification that the WHO declared Coronavirus to be a Pandemic.
At around 4 pm, I see a Snapchat on someone’s story that stated that there will be a press release about a COVID-19 case of a 50-year-old who is in relation with UD. Then the school tweeted out at 4:26 pm, that there was a confirmed case with someone who is connected to UD, classes were canceled for Thursday and Friday, and spring break will now start on March 14th. Turns out it was a professor.
At 5:05 pm, we got an email from our president saying the same thing as the tweet but with a little more information. (The letter was posted online, this is a link to the letter that every student got). Basically, it’s saying that classes will resume online starting
March 23rd, 2020 and will continue most likely for the rest of the semester. For students who decide to stay on campus, dining and residence halls will remain open. For students who decide to leave, they should take whatever they need to continue the rest of the semester online. That includes personal and academic items.
Campus went into chaos. People started throwing coronavirus parties, people cashed out their campus currency at the small food stores on campus, and people were trying to figure out their next step. Do they go home? Do they stay? What about internships, work, placements, clinicals? What does all of this mean? How will classes with labs go? What about clubs? What is going to happen?
As of writing this, I still don’t know half of the answers to these questions. What I do know is that after many calls with my mother, cleaning my room for the first time in a long time, taking out many trash bags, and learning how to use a vacuum, I decided to go home. (Literally decided over the course of cleaning my room on Thursday, March 12th, 2020). Right now, I am home for the semester. I live off-campus so I have a couple of months to wait until COVID-19 calms down a bit, so I can move out my stuff from my house.
On March 12th, 2020, there were 3 more confirmed cases at UD, and it pushed me to go home that day. I figured the best move is to be home with my family, and I advise that if you can do that, do it.
On the day that I am writing this, UD closed housing for the semester. I live off-campus, so I don't have to freak out about getting my stuff, but so many of my friends have to worry about this now. I feel so bad. This means that my junior year of college will be finished online.
It sucks that my junior came to a crashing stop, BUT I at least have another year of college left. I get a chance to have some “last” moments as a college student. There are so many college seniors who don’t have this luxury. I feel bad for them. Their final semester of college is done because of something that was out of their control. It’s insane and it sucks for them. There are so many great professors within my academic department alone, and I don’t know how I would react if I never got to see them again because of COVID-19. My mentor is in my department and not seeing their face again without a proper goodbye would be one of the worst things that have happened to me. Beyond that, there is a solid chance that college seniors won’t have a proper graduation. Ugh, I am sorry to anyone in the class of 2020 reading this. I hope your lives beyond this point are filled with only good things because you guys are getting a short end of the stick with COVID-19.
All I ask if that you guys are informed, alert, but not anxious. I don’t know what the future has in store for people with COVID-19.
What sucks about all of the events that have happened this week is that there was no happy ending. Peter’s season didn’t have a happy ending, the class of 2020 didn’t get their happy ending for college and high school. Everyone in life wants a happy ending, and it sucks when the only option is a sad ending. All of us work so hard to get that in almost everything we do, and when it doesn’t happen it is the most heart aching feeling in the world. It is unfair and life is unfair. I know that I’ve worked so hard for things and they end up not working out. When those things didn’t work out, I was gutted.
Happy endings give us comfort and hope for the world. They show us that everything will be okay even in the worst of times. The happy endings help show us the silver lining in life.
Right now, COVID-19 and the world don’t seem to be giving anyone a happy ending. Simply put, it sucks. If I had my ideal world, it would be for everyone to have a happy ending for the next chapter of their lives. We all deserve it.
To everyone out there, go get your happy ending, please.
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