Restrictions on travel have caused issues among Morehead State University students and members of several communities.
Dr. Layne Neeper, Interim Associate Dean and English Professor was scheduled to go to Ireland with a group of students over Spring Break. He said that traveling abroad helps people with their outlook on life.
“It is my firm conviction that travel is the remedy for small-mindedness. To immerse one’s self in another culture is the opportunity for students to see that we live in a diverse and complex world,” said Dr. Neeper. “Travel allows anyone to see what is universal among humans and what is specific to distinct cultures. Travel broadens the mind.”
For students like Kennealy Roberts, the travel ban was upsetting but necessary.
“I was supposed to go to Ireland over spring break for a study abroad. It was really upsetting when they told us we couldn’t go, but I understood why they said we couldn’t,” said Roberts. “We at least got our money back, thank goodness.”
The travel ban not only affected students, but it affected Dr. Neeper as well.
“The impact of the canceled trip on students and me was, I think, a shared sense among us all of the sadness at not being able to go,” said Dr. Neeper. “We were all very much looking forward to nine days in Galway and Dublin and we hope to someday have students return to Ireland.”
Zach Eichner, a student at Rochester Institute of Technology said that moving back home to Kentucky has been really challenging especially when it comes to not being able to go back to retrieve his things and working on assignments.
“Going back to get my stuff now would mean two weeks of isolation from my family and it would increase the risk with all people involved,” said Eichner, a biotechnology and molecular bioscience major.
While these are just two examples of how the travel ban has impacted people, there are many more.
“While the whole world feels like it’s on pause, the school simply doesn’t and at times it’s extremely discombobulating. Two weeks in I thought this feeling would subside but instead, it has just grown,” said Eichner.