So the past two weeks has been a total mess for me. As of yesterday, I had to immediately evacuate my UNC living arrangement. I had exposure due to someone in my house testing positive and started having symptoms this morning. My parents are a bit older and thus I did not want to risk getting them sick - I am staying in a rental for the next 2 weeks. Additionally, even when I hopefully am fully recovered from COVID in the next 2 weeks, my parents are in the process of moving and I wont have any place to go. My housing arrangements in Chapel Hill are being cancelled at the moment due to housing complications so I truly have no where to go. On top of this, last weekend my computer crashed and I had to bring it to CRC. I never got it back due to over processing and had to take the loaner with me. I don’t know when I’ll be back or how I’ll keep up with classes without my own files and downloads. The list goes on - I have had complications with the Financial Aid Center on my scholarships for this semester. I have called and recieved very little info - I had to defer my payement and I am still worried about potentially penalties on my academic status (yet I cannot pay the balance and therefore have to take the risk). I also never received my order from the student stores for digital access codes that I purchased last week (that makes absolutely no sense to me) and I am already behind on readings and work. I am scrambling trying to keep up with these things while also navigating the recruiting timeline - I have interviews coming up (I have little time to prepare and not even a nice dress shirt to wear for the Zoom).
In my own defense to all of this, I am a very diligent student - when we had the option to pass/fail last semester, I still did my very best and ended without needing to use that option. The circumstances we are dealing with right now are way more deserving of this option. I am still trying to figure out what I am doing to get assignments done due this weekend while panicking over all these other factors. I ask that the UNC board please consider how messy this situation has become and allow students the flexibility they desperately need - especially for the mental and physical health of the student body as a whole.