Dhimani Butler

As we come close to the end of the semester, a lot of students are looking forward to going back home over the break. Missouri Western has granted its students a two-month break before the second semester. This break has many benefits, but with rising COVID-19 cases across the country, the break might set the second semester back a bit.

CJ Bufkin, a freshman, is ready to go home. His home is six hours away in Chicago, Illinois. He is excited about Thanksgiving and Christmas to see his family and friends from home.

“Usually we all come together as a big family and eat as a whole, which we do not get to do very often,” Bufkin said. 

Bufkin plans to relax in his home with family and friends and spend quality time with them.

Another freshman, Olivia Frisbee, lives two hours away in Knob Noster, Missouri. She also plans to celebrate the holidays with her family.

“The whole side of my mom’s family gets together and we have dinner,” Frisbee said.

Frisbee plans to keep herself busy while on break.

“I’m going to be working at a 24-hour fitness gym and training every day for track and field,” Frisbee said.

Some students are hesitant to return after the break because when all of the students go back home, there is a high chance that they might contract the virus and bring it with them as they return to campus. Overall in Missouri, there have been 260,000 total cases already. With the virus spreading these cases are likely to increase while students are on break. 

In August, when school started, the campus had already set up rules because of the pandemic. Classes that were normally in person had to be moved to online classes with Zoom calls. In the cafeteria, they only allowed 2-3 people to a table. In the dorms, they set a rule where any guest that comes into your room is required to wear a mask at all times. Even with these precautions, some students predict more strict rules will be set in place to protect each student from the virus.

“I believe that it’s going to be more strict and there will be a lot more online classes,” Frisbee said.

Bufkin isn’t too worried about the virus when he returns next semester.

“I feel like we can only control what we can control, everything else we put up to God,” Bufkin said.

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