Blog: Coronavirus: Moving out of the dorms

Coronavirus: Moving out of the dorms
Posted at 3:52 PM, Mar 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-17 16:02:10-04

Colleges across the country have extended spring break by 2 weeks, others have closed. There is a lot of uncertainty on what will happen over the next day let alone the next 2 weeks.

As a mother of a college freshman this is not how I expected her freshman year to come to an end, none of us expected this. I can't possibly be alone in how this feels.

My daughter attends West Chester University, outside of Philadelphia. She was on spring break March 10 when she got the email they would not be coming back to campus, at all, closed for the spring semester. We experienced a roller coaster of emotions and questions. She and I both cried, honestly we had both just gotten used to college. The transition was hard for me, she's my oldest, my first to college, my first to leave the nest.

But why would they make this decision so soon? When can we get back on campus to get her stuff? What would this mean for some of her classes that can't really be done online?

Friday we got the email to sign up for a move out time. Sunday at Noon was our time.

It was eerie being on campus. A campus with 15,000+ students we empty except for the few allowed on to clean out their dorms. We had 2 1/2 hours to pack up everything she had accumulated since moving in back in August. We didn't think we'd have the time, but you know what, it all worked out.

The University had carts, wipes and hand sanitizer every where. It was quiet and empty so there were no distractions. Her roommate had moved out the day before. When it was done, I felt a sense of relief.

There are many college parents who don't yet know if their students are going back. It doesn't matter what year they are in, this stinks, but I, personally, feel especially bad for the seniors who have worked so hard to get to where they are. I have friends with students in states on the other side of the country who are driving back to pack things up. There are students who have labs, student teaching and other hands on experiences they will miss.

As we navigate the Coronavirus be at peace having your son or daughter back at home. Help them navigate this e-learning and make the most of this experience. I know while I'm sad for her missing 2 more months of college life, I'm happy to have her back in my bubble.