Sharon Cheng ’24 had envisioned a wintertime crack exactly where she would fly household to Taiwan, invest three weeks with her family members and friends and travel back again to campus — refreshed and organized for winter season quarter to begin.
She by no means imagined owning to just take a laptop science remaining holed up in a hotel space in Taiwan, with the lodge team serving as her proctor, as she waited out a quarantine period that would past virtually two-thirds of her overall winter season crack.
“It was messy, even if it all worked out in the stop,” Cheng said. “This would not have experienced to come about if not for the pandemic.”
Amid a world wide surge in coronavirus scenarios owing to the omicron variant, international locations raced to enact border limits and new basic safety steps. As a outcome, worldwide students touring across borders through split have experienced to maintain a careful eye on pandemic-associated news in the two the United States and their household state. This made the travel process all the a lot more nerve-racking and unpredictable for these college students.
Cheng reported that she was relieved when Stanford announced that lessons would be held on-line for the very first two weeks of wintertime quarter. Her flight back again to the U.S. was at first scheduled for Jan. 2 due to the fact she was apprehensive she would not be equipped to get PCR test final results in just 24 several hours on New Year’s Day, a countrywide holiday in Taiwan.
“Now, I have substantially extra overall flexibility and time to devote with my loved ones and buddies,” Cheng reported.
However, not everyone was as fortunate as Cheng, who was in a position to reschedule her flight.
Gheed El Bizri ’24, a Daily staffer, mentioned she was upset that she had to rush as a result of her visit house. If Stanford experienced declared its choice to shift instruction on the internet beforehand, she would have delayed her journey again to the United States to enable her a lot more time back again house in Lebanon with her beloved types.
However, she was glad she appreciated some time at household even with the stress of traveling through a pandemic.
“There is no far better sensation than being dwelling with the folks you adore the most,” El Bizri mentioned. “It’s definitely worth it.”
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