Like George Bailey learns in the Christmas classic “It’s a Wonderful Life,” the absence of one individual can have a large impact on the community. This is especially true on a small, close-knit campus like Hillsdale’s.
For those currently in quarantine — you are not alone in your loneliness. There is an emptiness on campus. The lack of people makes it quieter, but it’s not just that. Even though a majority of students are still out and about, not currently in some form of isolation, there is a noticeable difference in campus culture.
Not only does the absence of classmates or someone in your friend group alter the dynamic of those settings, but we even notice the absence of those we habitually pass on our way to class. Seeing them had become part of our routine. Now, their temporary disappearance makes us wonder who will vanish next.
But don’t let the fear of being alone in quarantine make you preemptively isolate yourself. Human beings need other human interaction to build them up, and they need it even more so in times of uncertainty. Take time to be with your friends. Make sure to call the ones in quarantine. Man cannot live in a bubble, especially not at Hillsdale.
And to those currently in isolation: stay strong. We miss you.