Thousands of Michiganders attending college have found a very different set of circumstances this year. Instead of being on campus for their studies and experiencing all things that makeup college life, they are stuck at home or locked down in their campus housing feeling alone and isolated.
My 19-year-old daughter is struggling in her 1st year of college at Ferris State University. She has been shut out of the classroom and forced to learn by Zoom. And that just is not working for her educational or emotional needs.
The atmosphere that Governor Gretchen Whitmer has created with no in-person classes is placing our children farther and farther behind. My daughter is not alone. There are thousands of children like her wondering how to deal with their new broken reality.
Thanks to Governor Whitmer’s orders, my daughter will have to pull out of college after this semester. It’s sad to see our children’s education quality crumble like this. They will not be able to keep up with the rest of the world. As of now, our children are at least 1 to 2 years behind. This will prove detrimental to their education and daily life skills.
From a dollars-and-cents standpoint, Governor Whitmer couldn’t have had worse timing. She waited until the very last minute to order the shutdown of college campuses — until after my daughter and thousands of other students signed contracts or leases for college housing.
Now they’re stuck with all the costs that come with the college experience, but none of the actual experiences. How could Whitmer have been so clueless to have waited so long?
The Governor likes to go on TV and talk about how much she is doing to save lives and protect our citizens but she never looks beyond her orders to see what the actual fallout is to real people. For my daughter, it has meant her struggles did not end with just the lack of in-person education. She has been struggling with depression and isolation which has made the situation even worse. She has had at least one trip to the emergency room for trying to harm herself. I know she is not the only one out there struggling but Gov. Whitmer does not realize the harm she is causing to our youth.
(My daughter) has had at least one trip to the emergency room for trying to harm herself. She is not the only person out here who is struggling. Whitmer does not realize the harm she is causing to our young and old.
You do not hear the Governor talking about people like my daughter who are suffering. She would rather be on TV asking people to make what she calls “small sacrifices” to follow her orders but she just doesn’t realize what is being sacrificed.
Count my daughter as one of the victims of Gretchen Whitmer’s political ambitions.