Something to celebrate

Isabella Ng - 21 April 2021

It’s been a full academic year online and following strict COVID-19 restrictions everywhere, especially in residence. I remember when the world shut down in March 2020 and I naively thought, “Don’t worry, it’ll all be back to normal by summer! Spring maybe!” But no, it’s been a year of adjusting, shuffling, and rescheduling for all of us.

As a nursing student, I saw the first-hand outcomes of COVID-19. I spent a semester on a unit that was outbreak the whole time I was there. I swabbed and was swabbed every week to take precautions. I comforted patients who weren’t able to receive visits from family members even at their lowest moments.

Know that all of your efforts in residence aren’t going unnoticed. Wearing a mask, physically distancing and following AHS guidelines all contribute towards keeping us safe and slowing down the spread of the virus.

Because you limited social gatherings, I felt comfortable traveling back home during Reading Weeks and visiting my grandparents while physically distancing. Because you chose to wear a mask in public spaces, I didn’t have to worry about transmitting anything to the elderly patients I worked with in the hospitals during my clinical placements. Because of your diligence in upholding the guidelines, residence stayed open all year round.

Although it’s easy to think about all the sacrifices we made to keep everyone safe, we can also find things to celebrate. In residence, we never had an outbreak. We implemented our Safety Bucks program to recognize those who stuck to the rules and rewarded you with some big prizes. Our Dodge COVID campaign was not only fun to film but reminiscent of the dodgeball culture so heavily rooted within our community.

So thank you for following the rules. I know it wasn’t easy, especially with the constant updates and changes, but we did it! Thank you for being responsible, not only to yourself but to everyone else in residence. We’re in this together.

Additionally, I’d like to thank the professional staff who created guidelines based off the AHS recommendations to keep us safe, the isolation staff that made the quarantine process so smooth, and my fellow student staff who helped to implement these regulations in our communities.

Here’s to the summer! As vaccination plans roll out, I have hope that next year will be one step closer to “normal.” You have helped and will continue to help with every precaution you take, so THANK YOU!