Margaret Fosmoe ’85 | July 8, 2020
Michael Chamberlain ’20 carried all his belongings out of O’Neill Hall on March 16 and packed them into his car. A California resident, the Notre Dame senior planned to drive to Houston and stay with his brother for the near future.
“I was ready to leave, but I wasn’t ready to leave this soon,” Chamberlain said, noting that the final months of senior year are a memorable time, but the Class of 2020 would be forced to forego many traditional senior rituals.
Spring 2020 was a semester unlike any other in Notre Dame’s history. Students left for spring break expecting to return in a week for the second half of the semester and the promise of spring weather and campus activities. Suddenly, before they knew it, daily life was upended.
In February, as the coronavirus spread through Italy, the University halted its study programs in Rome and flew students home to the United States. In early March, the University recalled all students studying abroad and suspended its international programs until further notice. The change impacted 483 students who had been overseas.
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