Online Learning Update

January 22, 2021

For some students in need, campus is a safe — but lonely — place to live during the pandemic

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:05 am

Susan Svrluga, Washington Post

As at many schools that closed dorms to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, including some D.C.-area campuses such as American University, exceptions were granted for those who didn’t have good alternatives. For people facing complications, such as international students unable to travel home because of closed borders, or those from an unstable home, university housing provided a safe place to learn. Life on an almost-empty campus can be surreal, an experience antithetical to the usual joyful buzz that permeates residential colleges, with the constant presence of friends, the last-minute decisions, good and bad, the laughs and the parties, the ideas traded in classrooms, the yelling at packed stadiums.

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