A year ago, who could have known that the McKay Building would be sitting empty daily while students and faculty would be participating in classes remotely? (FYI: Although the building is largely deserted, the skeletal staff of custodial workers continues to drive the Zamboni down the halls almost daily just in case someone has walked on the floors.) Who knew that after the 2018 general conference announcement, we would be prepared to conduct church meetings and gospel study in our homes for such a time as this? Who knew that shopping would be curtailed, and new fashion accessories would be in the form of face masks? These changes and many more were sudden and unexpected, but goodwill and desire to support and protect each other have made this critical situation into one of learning and growth.
Since March there have been a lot of changes in how we work, worship, and play. One change that stands out to me is not being in places where I can see and socialize with people I love and enjoy—colleagues, ward members, friends, and family. Passing in the halls, face-to-face meetings, and dropping by your offices to say “hi” is often a highlight of my day. I want to let you know that you are greatly missed and that I look forward to seeing and talking to you again when this trial passes!
In the meantime, we have all learned things about ourselves, our teaching, our families, and how we have typically functioned pre–COVID-19. Hopefully, we have determined how we can be and do better in all areas of our lives going forward. After this pandemic, I hope to be a better person and to be more aware and thoughtful about the things I am most grateful for.
Please take good care of yourselves physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually, and I look forward to seeing you again soon in real life!
- The Church website has provided a good deal of support for dealing with the effects of isolation and stress
- BYU has some essential information for what students and faculty can expect for fall 2020
- BYU Teach Anywhere provides “best practices, tools, techniques, and how-to’s for teaching blended, flipped, online, or remote classes.”
- BYU Learn Anywhere also explains the new choices students will have for Fall 2020 classes.