Pandemic disruptions vary among UWRF students

Posted May 13, 2020

The lives of UW-River Falls students, like most people, were disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic in a variety of ways. Many students have moved back home with their parents.

UWRF freshman Kat Peine left her dorm for the family home in White Bear Lake, Minnesota. As a result, Peine doesn’t see her roommates anymore. And the simplest errands, like going to the grocery store, are no longer occurring frequently for Peine’s family. They take the stay-at-home order seriously.

“I am just thankful to be living in a supportive environment with my family. I don’t have to worry about anyone breaking the stay-at-home order,” Peine said.

Quinton Lee is a senior at UWRF. He said things are going relatively smooth for him. Not much has changed about his daily life other than actually going to UWRF for classes and work. Lee has taken hybrid classes that were mostly online more than a few times, so he is used to doing most of his schoolwork online.

Lee is a student technician in the UWRF Division of Technology Services and is used to trouble-shooting computer problems with students and staff over the phone. Now he answers calls in the comfort of his home.

My life changed more than my friend Lee’s. I’m jobless during a semester when I typically work 30 hours a week while taking a full load of courses. University Communications and Marketing offered me an internship this semester that I could work on from home, but it ended one month early due to the pandemic.

I moved back to the family home at the age of 25 at a time when I never thought going back home was an option. Now I am working in my spare time for an online grocery delivery service. Although my life has changed a lot, I am thankful for the opportunity to make money while helping individuals who are at risk for COVID-19.