Mon. May 16th, 2022

Photo by Olivia Carzo.

For the first time since in-person classes resumed this year, West Chester students are being sent home for Thanksgiving break. Students must sign out of their residence halls by 10 a.m. on Wednesday the Nov. 24 in preparation for the buildings being closed during the break. 

If students can’t get a ride before 10 a.m. they may wait in Schmidt Hall or in Sykes with their belongings for someone to pick you up. However, once you leave your dorm at 10 a.m. you will not be allowed back till Sunday, Nov. 28 at noon. 

Although students were anxious to get back to in person instruction after a full year online, many are excited to go home after this first semester back. COVID-19 fatigue and burnout are becoming popular terms among Americans going back to work after experiencing the isolation of the pandemic. West Chester students and faculty are not an exception to this feeling of being burnt out at the close of this semester. 

Senior Ali Kochik expressed her readiness to go home “I’m very excited to have the opportunity to rest because I feel like this semester specifically, I am really struggling to keep the momentum up.” 

Many WCU professors have cancelled classes on Monday and Tuesday before students officially go home on Wednesday. This is largely due to anticipation of low student attendance from many tired students skipping classes to head home early. 

Few students have opted to stay on campus during Thanksgiving break, most due to not having the option to travel home. Those who signed up to stay will be the only students permitted in the residential buildings once they close Wednesday. 

For students staying on campus during the break, Lawrence Dining Hall and Sykes Student Union will be closed starting from Wednesday, Nov. 24 and will reopen on Sunday, Nov. 28 at 4:30 p.m. There has not been much information provided by the university as to how students choosing to stay on campus for the break will have access to food. 

For more information on residential housing and food services during the break, visit or contact the residential or graduate assistant of your building. 

Emma Hogan is a second-year English major.

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