University students being sent home after Thanksgiving break


Jess Oakley, Reporter

Lake Land College doesn’t have on-campus housing, which may be a positive in this time of COVID-19. The universities around us that do have on-campus housing are deciding to send students home after Thanksgiving break. The remainder of the semester will be entirely remote. This is in an effort to decrease the chance of a spike in cases on campus, as well as allowing students to return home for the few weeks between Thanksgiving and the end of the semester.

I asked some students from various universities across the state their feelings about this decision. Michael had this to say about the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign sending it’s students home, “It’s definitely changed how teachers are approaching the instruction of their classes. Most of my professors are trying to get as much coursework done as they can before break, so the time after break won’t be as stressful. I only have one regular in-person class, and today was our last time meeting as a full class. After break, we’ll have one-on-one sessions with the professor. For the rest of my classes, I don’t expect much to change from our usual layout. I’ll miss having RSOs in-person, and I hope I’ll still be able to stay in touch with my classmates and friends. I’m really happy that a few of my friends are choosing to stay on campus for Christmas break this year. Interestingly enough, quite a few people I know are considering returning to campus and taking finals from their apartments here in Champaign. Most of us are still paying for our apartments, even though we’ve been advised to leave.” 

I also asked Maia about Illinois State University, and she said this, “I think ISU made a smart decision in deciding to switch to online instruction after the break. I’m especially thankful that they announced the switch in July, so we had no surprises about in-person classes ending early.” 

Eastern Illinois University, as well as Southern Illinois University, are both planning to switch to online instruction after the break as well. The option to stay on campus during and after the break is only available to those that make sure to let the universities know beforehand.

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