A Message for Students
The world is a different place then it was only a month ago. As COVID-19 continues to affect our lives in various ways, we are challenged to explore the notions of community in this new context. Service takes on a new meaning as we grapple with "Safer at Home" orders. Uncertainty swirls around us with indefinite timelines of when we might be able to resume "normal" lives. However, there is no doubt that it will take some time for things to seem "normal" again.
Many will experience loss during this time. It could be the loss of a ritual, like walking the stage during graduation. It could be the loss or postponement of an experience, like studying abroad, for example. It could be the loss of a loved one. At points in time, you might experience grief, guilt, fear, frustration, despair, disappointment. These are normal emotions under the circumstances, and you are not the only one having these experiences. We have compiled some University and other resources for you to explore to provide support during this challenging time.
We encourage you to find one positive thing that you can celebrate each day. Maybe it is talking to a friend or family member. Perhaps it is that book you always wanted to read but put off because of mounting school work. A puzzle that has been sitting on the shelf. These little things add up. You might be feeling helpless or be wondering how you can help. It is important to take some time every day for yourself. If you have the means and opportunity to help others, then a portion of this web page provides some ways you can assist on a local and national level.
Most importantly, we are here for you. UNF is here for you. If you have suggestions of things you would like to see or that would be helpful, please send them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like more information about how UNF is handling COVID-19, we encourage you to visit the University's COVID-19 web page: https://www.unf.edu/coronavirus/
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