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Health Emergency

Submitted on 8 April 2020

This has been sent to undergraduates by the JCR president, Oliver Schönle.

Letter from the JCR President

Dear students,

We are about to start an Easter Term quite unlike any other in living memory. We will not all be living in Cambridge, rushing to our supervisions, studying in the library and then relaxing in Selwyn’s gardens in the sun. Instead, we will be attending an online university completely remotely, from wherever in the world we find ourselves.

I do not want to sugar-coat the fact that this unprecedented scenario presents a unique set of difficulties. Our usual support networks have been radically altered in a challenging time for our mental health, finalists have had their graduation plans swept out from underneath them, and students find themselves in hugely varying material circumstances across the world.

Nevertheless, I am confident that our college will respond to these difficulties. Selwyn is more than a group of buildings on Grange Road – it is a wonderful community of individuals across the whole world, a community which continues to exist despite the move online.

I feel immensely proud to be a member of our community. This pride has only been reinforced by the numerous different ways in which our community has already come together to adapt to the current situation. These range from the Feminist Society’s ‘Positivity Portal’ showcasing what students have been up to in isolation, to the JCR Welfare Officers organising virtual yoga classes, to the sheer number of students reaching out and offering each other support.

Thinking of the term ahead, please do get involved in these (and other) fantastic initiatives. Please continue to look after yourself and each other, and make sure to care both for your physical and mental wellbeing. The JCR Committee is here to help however we can, and will endeavour to support you however possible, so please do get in touch if you have any queries or concerns.

JCR love,