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College students react to the coronavirus outbreak

Kruzel (second from right) at a University of Michigan football game with friends (courtesy photo).

By Joshua Carlson

College students across the country have been overwhelmed with quick-moving information regarding the COVID-19 virus, and not knowing what’s going to happen next. 

This new and unknown territory for everyone has students scrambling to figure out how this is going to work. Some colleges in Michigan including Michigan State University and The University of Michigan, have already decided to switch to no face-to-face instruction for the rest of the semester. Here’s how some college students in Michigan are reacting.

Kendra Kruzel, a 19-year-old, U-M sophomore majoring in biopsychology cognition and neuroscience. Kruzel, who is from Boyne City, gave her thoughts on what’s happening.

“I’m still currently on campus, and public spaces are very empty,” she said. “I live in dorms and people are moving out every day. The university emailed us and notified the students that we will be administered exams via Canvas (the university’s online program),” said Kruzel.

Kruzel continued, “It’s all very stressful, a lot of my plans are changing very fast. I was supposed to go to Argentina for six weeks in May and now it’s all canceled. I understand why this is all happening because it’s obviously for safety reasons, but it’s just all very unfortunate that students’ plans are now getting canceled and postponed. It’s especially sad to see my friends who are seniors have big events like their graduations canceled because all their hard work isn’t going to be noticed and celebrated as much as it would be otherwise.”

Peter Morgridge, a 19-year-old freshman majoring in Engineering at Michigan State, has returned to his hometown in Charlevoix, from East Lansing. 

“I was told to move out of my dorm, and teachers have already started sending videos for instruction,” he said. “They are still working on how testing is going to work, and as of right now (March 15) I have not been given information from my professors on anything else. It’s all so crazy, it’s not anything close to how I expected my freshman year of college to end.”

Michigan State freshman Peter Morgridge (courtesy photo).

Christine Scerbak, a 19-year-old, U-M  freshman studying architecture, is packing her bags to go back to her hometown of Traverse City.

“When I heard Michigan State was canceling it was super crazy and then we closed down and it all hit me at once,” said Scerbak. “At first, I was excited but in reality, it became real and I was sad because I was leaving my friends and having to move everything out. With my major, we don’t have exams and we just submit projects so it’s not as crazy for me as it is for others.” 

Scerbak continued, “I have a friend who is an international student from Latvia, and she had to scramble to make sure she could get back home. She was preparing to leave before they even announced closing face-to-face instruction because she didn’t want to be stuck in America and unable to go home to her family, the school was her last concern.”

University of Michigan freshman Christine Scerbak (courtesy photo).

Scerbak finishes, “I think weirdly it’s brought a lot of people together and has personally made me value my education at Michigan because I’m appreciating my professor’s effort to make sure we are still able to get our education, even though the circumstances aren’t ideal.” 

Matthew Good, a 21-year-old engineering major in his junior year at Michigan State, is from Charlevoix and is concerned with the quality of his engineering classes with it being switched to online.

Michigan State junior Matthew Good (courtesy photo).

“It’s going to be tough because with engineering I feel it’s not going to be a smooth transition, especially with exams,” said Good. “I’m relieved that, as of right now, my internship I have lined up for this summer is not affected, so there is a bright spot.” 

College students everywhere are having different experiences in the wake of this international health crisis and it’s going to be an unforgettable semester for college students worldwide. The Collegiate will continue to cover this developing story at https://thecollegiatelive.com/. Comment below if you have a story to share.