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Leibee: Moving home is the best choice for quarantine

Editor’s Note: All opinion section content reflects the views of the individual author only and does not represent a stance taken by The Collegian or its editorial board.

Many students were forced to move out of the dorms due to the coronavirus, and they are now quarantined with their family members that they moved out of state to get away from. However, moving home and living with your parents for the rest of the semester is honestly the best thing that could happen. Absolutely nothing can go wrong, and the benefits are countless.


Moving home will likely improve your health and encourage you to exercise and eat right. Jason Smith, a third-year health and exercise major at Colorado State University, said that moving home with his parents has been the best thing for his overall health. 

“My mom makes us take at least four family walks a day,” Smith said. “Even our dog gets tired of it by the fourth walk. The bright side is that the fresh air is a nice break for my lungs because I smoke weed literally on the daily when I’m at school.”

Further, students are eating better because there is very little food in their houses at home anyway. 

“My mom always says, ‘We have food in the house,’ but when I got home all that was in the fridge was sauces and cheeses,” Smith recalled. “There is no actual food except for the few times my mom asks me to take the chicken out of the freezer.”

While students may be going hungry by not having the dining hall food, it is a nice break from the often unhealthy options of the dining hall.

Students may also find that there won’t be a large change in their routines, as they are still able to wake up early at home.

“At my parents’ house, our neighbors are usually mowing the lawn by at least 6 a.m., so it keeps me on a normal schedule,” said Sarah Williams, a first-year who was forced out of the dorms. “If they aren’t mowing, my mom generally likes to do dishes, vacuum or start loud arguments with my other family members by around 8 a.m., so I am still up and doing schoolwork in the morning.”

If you miss your room at the dorms, don’t worry; your childhood bedroom is just like the dorms. It comes with a rock-hard mattress that hasn’t been replaced since 2005, random stains in the carpet that came from God knows where and a desk filled with random papers and office supplies that you never actually use.

Students need not worry about losing a semester’s worth of learning by being stuck at home either. A short online discussion and responding to other students’ posts on Canvas completely makes up for the regular hour and 15 minute lecture that they are paying tuition for.


For students whose tuition also goes toward labs and lab equipment, doing an online simulation is completely the same and worth the exact same price, but you get to do it from the luxury of your parents’ basement.

There is really no bad side of this situation, except that your dad might force you to change your oil in your car the second you return home. 

Katrina Leibee can be reached at or on Twitter @KatrinaLeibee.

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Katrina Leibee
Katrina Leibee, Editor-in-Chief
Katrina Leibee is serving as The Rocky Mountain Collegian's editor in chief for the 2021-22 academic year. Leibee started at The Collegian during the fall of her freshman year writing for the opinion desk. She then moved up to assistant opinion editor and served as the opinion director for the 2020-21 academic year. Leibee is a journalism and political science double major, but her heart lies in journalism. She enjoys writing, editing and working with a team of people to create the paper more than anything. Ask anyone, Leibee loves her job at The Collegian and believes in the great privilege and opportunity that comes with holding a job like this. The biggest privilege is getting to work with a team of such smart, talented editors, writers, photographers and designers. The most important goal Leibee has for her time as editor in chief is to create change, and she hopes her and her staff will break the status quo for how The Collegian has previously done things and for what a college newspaper can be. From creating a desk dedicated entirely to cannabis coverage to transitioning the paper into an alt-weekly, Leibee hopes she can push the boundaries of The Collegian and make it a better paper for its readers and its staff. Leibee is not one to accept a broken system, sit comfortably inside the limits or repeat the words, "That's the way we've always done things." She is a forward thinker with a knack for leadership, and she has put together the best staff imaginable to bring The Collegian to new heights.

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