Student relocates to family farm for social distancing

Sam Ashmore Farm House
Sam Ashmore’s farm house in Bloomfield, Iowa. Photo contributed by Sam Ashmore.

Kirkwood students have been doing their best to properly quarantine themselves during this recent COVID-19 pandemic that has reached out to Iowa, with 1,849 confirmed cases at the time of writing. One student and his family have gone to great lengths to be as safe as possible. Sam Ashmore, a Kirkwood student studying Apparel Merchandising, moved away from Cedar Rapids and down to his farm in the city of Bloomfield three weeks ago following the declaration of the global pandemic. Ashmore explains why he moved so far. 

“Me and my parents were worried about my grandparents by themselves with their old age. We decided to come down here to quarantine and I can take my classes and look after them and not get [COVID-19] at the same time.” 

Ashmore also stated that his father still works in Cedar Rapids, while picking up groceries for the family and dropping them off when they run low. Ashmore recounted the difficulty of classes due to online learning. “Classes are definitely more stressful…. Or at least harder. Classes are harder in the sense that you have to interpret certain instructions.” 

We here at the Communiqué strongly encourage our peers to continue staying home except for emergencies and grocery shopping, to practice good hygiene, and to stay healthy. 

Image courtesy of Sam Ashmore

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