As a senior student, I have been through my fair share of carolina “clusterfucks” as the DTH put it. However this, this tops it all. Students were brought back to campus in an unsafe manner, against the advice of student leaders, staff, and faculty. A week in we are now shifting to online, which honestly feels like being hit with a tornado, a week into class. Granted, I am speaking as a person whose schedule went fully online before the announcement is made, and I am struggling, so I am positive I am not alone in this.
I am not only a student, but also a leader in an organization on campus for whom details and procedures are rapidly changing, and I am also an older sister. My younger sister is a first year currently living on campus, in an actively unsafe situation with respect to the actions of her suite. She filed a request to move, which was approved yesterday, merely two hours before this all blew up. She is now scrambling trying to find housing elsewhere, and I have been tasked with leading this due to my experience. I am quite frankly drained. I cannot keep up with classes, readings, leadership requirements, and helping my family at the same time. My mental health is deteriorating, and I barely have the energy to get out of bed because of the constant fear and emotional drain I, and many other students, are facing. We. Need. A. Break. At least 2-3 days off to take care of ourselves, figure out living situations and how to continue to be safe in light of this rapid change. In general, bringing students back to campus was designed to improve academic function, but it has done anything but that. I cannot focus in classes, I am already behind, and with these changes, I am now even further lost. I am a senior, this is not struggling with Carolina academics, this is the nature of unprecedented times in a quite frankly traumatic situation. BOG and UNC Administration, I implore you, if you care about your students even an ounce, to give us a few days off to figure this mess out. You never should have brought us back in the first place, it’s up to you to remedy this.