First of all, I just learned that our University will be opening its doors to students displaced by Hurricane Katrina. I'm really glad we are doing this.
I learned that a former student of mine, who graduated a couple of years ago, was living in New Orleans. Now she is staying with friends elsewhere, not sure of what happened to her house, and not even sure if she still has a job or will get paid or still has health insurance. She doesn't even know how to begin planning for her own next steps.
It is almost surreal to be carrying on my life as usual here, aware of how seriously disrupted so many other people's lives have been.
5 years ago