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Kyle Rasper (left), a junior at Johnsburg High School, and Ian Rasper (right), a sophomore at Rocky Mountain College of Art & Design are two of the many students transitioning to going to class at home.

With many people traveling to their hometowns to be with their families, students can further be exposed to what it is like to not only struggle through COVID-19 as a college student, but a family unit. Families not only consist of parents and siblings, but also grandparents who are more threatened by the nature of the global pandemic.

Nate Waple, a freshman studying business administration, is the second of his siblings to attend Illinois State University. Last week he had to move out of his dorm with the help of his sister, senior Emily Waple, and friends. Since moving home to be with his family, he says, “It’s been a big adjustment for everyone, but I think we’re all handling it pretty well.”

“We’ve been sending just one person to the grocery store only when we need to go,” Waple elaborates. “We’ve also been trying to make more meals at home and being more cautious about how much we go out and trying not to interact with as many people. We all have our own schedules in the house, and we try to stick to them so we can all get our work and schoolwork done.”

His sister Emily, who is currently living on campus during isolation, comments, “My mom isn’t letting my dad or the boys go to the store because my dad has underlying conditions, and my mom doesn’t want to expose the boys to anything.”

Hannah Martin, a senior currently student teaching at Huntley High School, explains, “My family has been taking extra precaution since they saw first-hand what can result from not isolating yourself or taking this seriously. Seeing one of our neighbors that lives just three houses down get pulled out on a stretcher due to this virus truly added perspective to the severity of this situation. It served as a harsh reminder to continue to follow each of the guidelines to keep yourself and loved ones safe and healthy.”

Other families, related to Redbirds or not, are also taking serious precautions by wiping down all groceries, sterilizing food that is delivered to houses and making sure family members who leave the home sanitize themselves properly before entering.

HAILEY BIALAS is a Features Reporter for The Vidette. She can be contacted at hgbiala@ilstu.edu Follow her on Twitter at @haileybialas 


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