Editor's note: This article is satire.
It happened in the blink of an eye. A very long blink that could account for getting through security at Raleigh-Durham International Airport and handling a wave of increasingly canceled and rescheduled flights due to COVID-19.
Now, everyone is gone.
Those of us who remain on campus cannot help but linger on memories with our missing roommates, classmates and friends. Their absence is almost palpable. Empty chairs in Lenoir Dining Hall and empty tables in Davis Library serve as reminders of those who once occupied them. Classrooms are barren. Student apartment complexes are weirdly student-less.
Campus is definitely lonelier ever since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention snapped its fingers.
Due to the pandemic, many students who planned on studying abroad earlier in their college careers had their plans rescheduled. And rescheduled again. And again. Now that the CDC has loosened restrictions following COVID-19 exposure and infection, study abroad programs are beginning to travel again. And all the students who have been trying to study abroad left with them.
It’s the study abroad blip.
The pandemic has influenced our campus in essentially every way, but this particular consequence was an unexpected one. In these omicron-atic conditions, it feels almost impossible to go on with the addition of this new obstacle and heartbreak.
Nonetheless, we persist.