Cornell was one of the (first universities in the country to suspend classes on campus , and the college has given students a three-week break to make the journey home before online courses begin.
The news set off a range of emotions among students, especially seniors whose college careers will not end as they had imagined.
“I feel like a lot of experiences have been stolen from me, ”Justin Welfeld, a senior, said.
The trip home is not easy for some students, particularly those who live overseas. But some students refused to leave, vowing to remain near campus even after dorms shut down later this month.
“I’m staying,” said Linden Wike, , a senior majoring in astronomy, who questioned the length of the pause on normal, in-person classes and the wisdom of sending people “to where it might be worse . ”
Stacy Cowley, Anupreeta Das, Matthew Haag, Jesse McKinley, Eliza Shapiro and Tracey Tully contributed reporting.