Without a proper chance to say goodbye, students have dashed from beautiful Jesmond and the city centre alike in a hurry to get home before a potential lockdown, and likely will not be returning after Easter.
While these measures are understandably necessary, it certainly wasn’t the farewell that I, or any of my friends were expecting. No final trips to Tynemouth, or the infamous quayside spoons in the sun, no final nights out, and no grad or course balls to properly grace our goodbyes. After three years of building friendships and exploring this wonderful city, it is under very unfortunate circumstances that we depart from this city. However, let’s not be too pessimistic yet, we could still have to chance to come back for one last term and one last goodbye. But if not, Newcastle you have been splendid, and thank you to everyone who has made my time here so special.
The Courier is the only other thing I’ve done that’s matches that level of enthusiasm, potential for creative flare and dedication, and thankfully with a lot less ego (unless I’m in the office). It’s no secret that student media involvement isn’t the key to being popular, and I’m glad (shut up, I am). The people who make this paper every week cast aloofness to one side, and let their drive, talent and generosity known to everyone who has the pleasure to work with them.
Yet, you will still find Instagram stories of people you know hanging at their favorite club or taking advantage of the low flight fares, with absolutely NO REGARD for anyone but themselves.
It seems bizarre that this even has to be said but stay at home people! You finally have an excuse to just be home and binge your favorite shows but NOW you decide you want to be the socialite of the century? Take this seriously. Your peer international students are all scrambling to get home, fighting anxiety about what happens to their visas. Students without access to the internet are worrying about their education. The most vulnerable members of society are scared to even go grocery shopping. And you’re telling me staying at home and distancing is a problem?
This is a hard time for a lot of people. We need to fight this together as a community to come out on top. Grow your heart and choose to be better. Stay. At. Home.