The COVID-19 pandemic is unlike any crisis previously faced by institutions of higher education. In March 2020, in order to best protect members of their communities, colleges and universities pivoted overnight from in-person to fully remote education. Offices, dining facilities, fitness centers, and residence halls went from bustling with activity to empty and silent, and College traditions were suddenly being experienced through tiny Zoom screens in the virtual world of the internet instead of together in person. College students, faculty, and staff suddenly found themselves completing work from places like kitchen counters, home offices, and bedrooms, and many found themselves competing for bandwidth and devices with children, siblings, parents, and roommates. While these conditions were not ideal for the small and highly interactive educational and co-curricular experience valued at Chestnut Hill College, the ability of our community to adapt, be creative, and even excel showed that our community’s relationships and resilience are ready for any challenge.
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