I've discovered from interactions with students that you're naturally concerned about the future, worrying about classes, grades, graduation, and jobs, trying to pay rent, and concerned about your own health and the health of your family and friends.
During a crisis, we usually seek emotional and social assistance from family, friends, mentors, and advisers. Our alternatives for helpful human relationships are limited as a result of social alienation, and we must settle for online, virtual interactions.
We understand your difficulties and keep you in our thoughts at all times. Our instructors, staff, and administration are in continual contact via online channels to keep up with the shifting dynamics of the situation, working diligently to assure your success.
We also stand with our graduating seniors who will miss out on these unique weeks on campus, when sentiments are expressed, connections are strengthened, and memories are carved in Spartan green.
Stereotypes and frugal thinking might impair our judgment in the face of fear and uncertainty. As Spartans, we must uphold our creed: "Hate has no place here." We must not allow our fear to lead us to blame or mistreat Chinese or Asian kids, who are an important part of our community.
Life will soon return to normal in the warmth of spring or summer. In the meantime, keep a good attitude. Be kind to yourself and others who are less fortunate and vulnerable.
Social isolation has taught me to respect human connection and the importance of friends, family, and community. And the lessons learnt from this trying time will demonstrate once again that the human spirit can survive a pandemic.
I'll send you an email or send you a video message from time to time. I'm hoping you'll keep in touch as well. We've set up a portal where you can post questions and issues concerning courses and academics, and our response team will monitor it. We will respond to your inquiries as quickly as possible and direct you to the appropriate resources.