Oh what a world. Who would have thought I would be back home in Louisiana in the middle of March? Not me! As chaotic as these last 72 hours have been, I am so happy to be back, and so ready to tell you all about my (half) semester abroad. Also, now that I have all this time on my hands during my self-quarantine (more about that later), I have plenty of time to reflect (longingly) on all my favorite moments!
First and foremost, (and I swear I am not being told to say this) I have to seriously thank Amherst College for the way it has handled the COVID-19 crisis. I was in Madrid, Spain the last two months and, as many of you know, this last week things took a turn for the worst. Within the span of 24 hours, the cases of coronavirus doubled and soon tripled, and students began to wonder whether it was safe to stay. Although the study abroad program I was studying with (hosted by another college) was relatively quite during this stressful time, Amherst consistently kept students up to date and answered and listened to all of our questions and worries. When Trump imposed the European travel ban, my parents called me immediately and said it was best to book a flight home. Mind you, this all happened at 4:30am Spain time, and despite all the chaos and frustrations (with my program, the US government, the world, coronavirus herself, etc.), Amherst College was a constant and reassuring voice. I seriously commend every single member of the faculty and staff who reached out to students and did everything in the power to make sure we were all okay. So, seriously, thank you Amherst for keeping a very stressed out student calm despite the chaos surrounding her.
So here I am back home in good ole' Shreveport, Louisiana! Due to CDC regulations, I will be spending the next fourteen days taking my temperature twice a day and staying at home. Although the boredom is already beginning to set in, I am so happy I get to be home with my family and almost just as happy to be home for crawfish season (which I will definitely be providing pictures of as soon as I get to eat them). For now, I am counting my blessings and just happy I can cuddle with my cats and dog.
I can imagine as a prospective Amherst College student you might have questions about what it is like studying abroad with the help of Amherst College–especially during a pandemic–so don’t hesitate to ask and I will happily answer all and any questions. Just shoot me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org!
See you soon,
And from a very safe distance,