Students share their spring break plans amid ‘Safe at Home’ order

Cal Poly Pomona students have endured drastic changes in the past few weeks. With classes transferring to online only, CPP faculty, staff and students have been forced to adapt quickly.

Photos are courtesy of each individual student.

Spring break is typically a time student look forward to, to be able to take a break from the stresses of school and life. CPP students were asked how the COVID-19 pandemic has changed their plans for spring break and what they did to occupy their time instead. 

Devon Lilley | Third-year hospitality management student

“I planned to come home to Sacramento for spring break anyway, but now that’s just been extended. Quarantine definitely changed my plans because I love to hang out with my friends when I come home, and now we’re all back from college and can’t see each other, which is really difficult. I have a lot of friends still in SoCal I really miss, so we’ve been doing a lot of Zoom calls to see each other.”

Stephanie Servano | Fourth-year food science and technology student

“For spring break, I caught up on my schoolwork after procrastinating a little, but mostly I worked. I work at Gilead Sciences in San Dimas(/)La Verne. My company is currently manufacturing remdesivir, which will hopefully prove to be an effective antiviral treatment against COVID-19 so it has been fulfilling work.”

Gaby Flores | Fourth-year Spanish student

“I had originally planned to take a mini-road trip with my friends, but it obviously did not happen. As a result, I ended up staying home behind a pile of homework and final projects to complete. Despite all the chaos happening and my plans getting sabotaged for spring break, I’m very thankful for being healthy and mostly the fact of having all of my family with me.”

Cristina Orozco | Fourth-year gender, ethnicity & multicultural studies student

“I just worked, with this current climate, I didn’t feel comfortable going anywhere special. I have to be responsible for my health and how it could affect others. I had plans to go to the beach, maybe San Diego for a couple days to relax and clear my mind, but with the quarantine, it’s just been a tense, stressful atmosphere. There is nowhere to go with everything closed.” 

Photos and quotes compiled by staff writers Desiree McClean and Jannett Diaz.

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