University students cope with rapid changes because of coronavirus

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) Coronavirus has affected almost every aspect of our lives but for some, it has changed their life completely. Students at the University of Alaska Fairbanks were notified last week that almost all classes will be moving online and that students need to leave the dorms by Tuesday March 17th, 2020.

Students pack their belongings into a car after the university decided to close dorms last week. (John Dougherty/KTVF)

Changes left students scrambling to either get home or find new places to stay.

“Right now it kind of feels like my world just got flipped upside down to be honest," said student Jacob Walsh.

While some students are moving back home, others said they still are looking for a place to live.

“It's just added stress moving out and trying to find a new place to live and just couch surfing," Chace Fox said. He said that he needs to stay in town for his job but for now, he has no were to live.

The university is offering exceptions to students on a case-by-case basis. We spoke with one student who said that even though he is able to stay on campus it is still a struggle.

"Me personally I got an exception to stay here, so my life is not changing too much. I am seeing the lives change for a lot of people that I know and it's been really hard on them trying to help them out as well," said Benjamin Fix.

Moving out of the dorms isn’t students only concern. Many are worried about classes going online.

"I have a hard time learning online, it's not really my thing, I prefer in person classes," David Kulikovsky said.

Tammy Tragis-McCook, an instructor for marketing and social media marketing at UAF said that the university is working to help the students.

"It can be a little stressful and we realize that and so we are offering as many resources as possible… Instructors and students have to be flexible as we are in this together to finish the semester," Tagis-McCook said.

Even with all the changes, students are remaining positive.

"Just pushing through it and getting through the rest of the year. We only really have a month and a half so just got to buckle down and get through it," Walsh said.

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