I am a senior at MSUB, and I serve as a resident assistant in the halls on campus. Before COVID-19, spring semester was the busiest I have ever been in college. With my internship within the communication department, working as an RA, and carrying 18 credits – not to mention trying to have a social life – I didn’t have much time to spare. Once the virus struck, things moved quickly, and essentially everything on campus shut down. I suddenly had all the time in the world. Along with a handful of residents and other RAs, I became stranded in the halls; I could not go home due to my mother having major autoimmune issues. Sadly, I still have not seen my mother or family.
During isolation, I have tried my best to stay busy, positive and active. I run and work out, cook meals, and submit homework to classes that transitioned online. I have also experienced what is left of the university community becoming closely-knit, as well as extremely supportive. Housing staff delivered care packages to family housing and residents in the halls. These gestures brighten students’ days and remind them that they are not alone. I have also grown a lot closer with the RAs left here, who are some of my closest friends. We are all scared of the uncertainties, but at least we can be scared together.
While the RA job has helped immensely, the only way that I have been able to continue paying for college is out of pocket, and, more importantly, with scholarships. I know that this is the case for other students – on and off campus – as well. More than ever, I believe scholarships will give students in need the hope to continue their education into the fall, especially when a lot of us have not been able to work during this time. I hope you consider donating to help students like me stay on track to graduate after the coronavirus pandemic is over, and I thank you for your support.