Shock, Fear, and Fatalism: As Coronavirus Prompts Colleges to Close, Students Grapple With Uncertainty
Alexander C. Kafka, The Chronicle of Higher Education
In the wake of coronavirus, hundreds of thousands of college students are now coping with the stress of an uncertain future. Alana Hendy, a junior at Georgetown University, wonders what will happen to her work-study job in the dean’s office at the School of Foreign Service. How will her responsibilities as a teaching assistant in a geography class change with the new online format?
But counterbalancing the uncertainties, she says, is support offered by the university. It is helping defray low-income students’ costs for shipping medication, books, and other necessities. And the campus’s food pantry is open and stocked twice a week.