Social Distance Makes the Heart Grow Thankful
Students outdoors

By Brandi Sestak

At this point in the semester, it’s not unusual for students to miss family and friends at home. (We know you miss them, too.) During this pandemic, we’ve encouraged students to stay on campus as much as possible to minimize chances for the virus to move in either direction between campus and students’ hometowns.

We appreciate everyone’s efforts to protect the pack. With just four weeks remaining before we finish the semester remotely, we need those efforts to continue.

We’ve adapted activities to make for some on-campus fun in ways that follow directed health measures. Students play sand volleyball, basketball and frisbee golf outside as well as ping-pong, card games and Mario Kart in the lounges. The residence hall kitchens smell wonderful with more students baking cookies, brownies and cakes.

We’re also encouraging students to enjoy Lincoln safely this beautiful fall at destinations like Pioneers Park, the Haymarket and Sunken Gardens. You can remind your student to watch their NWU email and social media for information on the week’s activities.

Are you close enough to campus to visit your student? While visitors aren’t allowed inside the residence halls, a socially-distanced visit at our picnic tables or a walk along one of the many Lincoln trails might be just what you need together.

We’re grateful for everything you and your students have done to make in-person learning possible this semester. As Thanksgiving and your student’s return draw near, we have much to be thankful for!

Brandi Sestak



—Brandi Sestak is assistant dean for student success and residential education.