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Well. That was... something.

It has been a wild few days. You're probably experiencing a wide range of emotions. We've had several students in our office who are sad, angry, and confused. Like they've been robbed of their experience. We get it.

Asking you to press "pause" on your first-year in college is a huge bummer, but please know that it's not over.

A learning curve is ahead for all of us. We'll need to find new ways to learn online and maintain our friendships. Keep up with your group texting threads-- it's going to help you keep a sense of normalcy during all of this. And if you're lucky, you'll get daily snaps of your roommate's family dog.

Your presence on our campus will be missed while we try to support you from afar. We'll miss you studying in the lounges, laughing in the dining halls, and filling our classrooms. And if you're opting to stay on campus, come visit us (our administrative offices will remain open).

Stay healthy and keep your head up. We are patiently waiting for this to blow over so you can come back.

💚 Mallory, Asha, and Jade: The First Year Experience Team

This stinks, but you're making a difference.

We know our decision to move classes online may seem a little extreme, but this article really helped us to understand why. Flattening the curve isn't so much about preventing illness, but about slowing it down so our healthcare systems can effectively provide treatment for folks that need it. There are tons of students living and working in close quarters here on campus--by spreading out, you're doing your part to slow this sucker down. 

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Stay informed and be well.

The way we're all going to get through this is to stay informed, but also to take steps to promote our physical and mental wellbeing. Limit your time on social media and make sure you are getting your updates from reputable sources (the CDC and WHO are a great start). Here are some other links that may be helpful:

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