As the vast majority of UF students have discovered during the first week of this semester, spring classes are a ‘worst of both worlds’ amalgam of digital and classroom learning when well-planned remote learning would be safer, cheaper, and more effective.
The reality is that our last-minute, improvised plan for undergraduate education at the University of Florida next semester will not provide the best, or even a sufficient, learning and teaching environment.
First-hand experience working as an epidemiologist and contact tracer during this pandemic has provided me with a unique perspective in that, while I fully appreciate and adhere to guidelines, I am also able to acknowledge and address the hesitancy and skepticism of others.
It has been seven months since I was first admitted to the hospital, and in those seven months I have not had the joy of being able to smell. My sense of smell is completely gone. My sense of taste is so distorted that no foods taste the same as they did before I had COVID-19.
It appears that the Senate now finds hearing students’ opinions too inconvenient and pesky, rather, they would like to exclude them from exercising their free speech altogether.
While navigating this uncharted territory can be daunting, public health officials are working around the clock to slow the spread of the virus and ensure the safety of the population. Contact tracing, a time-honored and highly reliable practice, is at the heart of this effort through directly conducting investigations and providing up-to-date information and education to the public.
Alex Trebek, the gentle and kindhearted 80-year-old host of the game show “Jeopardy!” for 37 years, was as consistent as you could get.
During these stressful times, you might be considering starting counseling or getting other types of support. The UF Counseling and Wellness Center (CWC) is here to help. Read on to learn what UF students can expect when you contact us.