The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the lives of Americans – and the world at large – as we know it. People are mandated to work from home, places of worship are closed, and what were once busy, down-town centers are practically ghost towns. Bars and restaurants are no longer open, malls have locked up, and people have been told to keep a safe social distance – making big family dinners, gatherings with friends, and park play-dates a thing of the past.
One of the most affected groups have been college students, who were provided little to no notice as campuses across the country decided to shut their doors immediately after spring break. The New York Times reported that, “The abrupt disruption of the semester caused widespread concern and a feeling of chaos on campuses across the country [when] one after the other, like dominoes…announced they were suspending classes and asking students to pack up and go.”
It is understandable that college campuses have decided to shut down. The CDC has consistently reported that aggressive action would be “…necessary to counter the ‘unprecedented threat’ of coronavirus.” And, in response, colleges across the nation “…began taking the unprecedented step of sending students home for the rest of the spring semester, as they struggled to respond to the escalating uncertainties of the novel coronavirus.”
With minimal resources and notice, domestic and international students alike have been left with quite a challenge: pack up, move out, and travel – and in some cases, determine their visa status – during this time of uncertainty and limitation. One student we had spoken to from the University of Akron in Ohio said, “Travel bans and retail closures don’t matter – I have to pack up my crap, and get it half way across the country. Living on a prayer right now.” He was not happy to say the least.
One solution college students have found is renting self-storage units close to campus. Facilities are providing excellent move-in specials for new renters, such as 1st month free rent, 50% off of the 1st three months rent, 1st month rent just $1, 20% off of the 1st 5 months rent, and so on. Various sizes and amenities are available, and students can even partner up to rent mini-storage together, minimizing the overall cost.
If you are currently a college student that needs to store their belongings, sites such as Storage Seeker do provide you with the opportunity to compare and reserve top-rated units online for free, all with the click of a button. There are countless locations in every metropolitan area and neighborhood, and most units can be moved into the same day.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, you can help stop the spread of this strain of the coronavirus by:
- Washing your hands properly and often
- Not touching your face (eyes, nose and mouth)
- Avoiding close contact with other people, especially those who are sick
- Staying home if you are sick
- Covering coughs (in your elbow) and sneezes (in a tissue, which should then be disposed of)
- Wearing a facemask (if you are sick)
- Cleaning and disinfecting surfaces thoroughly
Renowned journalist and news anchor Tom Brokaw once said, “The greatest generation was formed first by the Great Depression.” They rose up in a time of need and turmoil, and are what helped build our nation and world when times were darkest. We CAN and WILL pull through this, stronger, more resilient, and wiser than before.
“When we tackle obstacles, we find hidden reserves of courage and resilience we did not know we had. And it is only when we are faced with failure do we realise that these resources were always there within us. We only need to find them and move on with our lives.” -A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
Stay safe, stay healthy, and stay positive.