By Nadia Beidas

     We are living in a very unusual time. Over the past week, our school has stopped classroom instruction and is in the process of shifting to online instruction.

     We have also seen a number of unsteady changes all around us including the spread of the virus worldwide, political officials and celebrities catching the virus, schools closing all over the country and grocery stores are out of soap, toilet paper, antibacterial soap and other essentials. Even entertainment that usually brings us joy is affected, such as television shows taping without an audience and the closing of Broadway and Disney parks. In addition, we are all isolating to stop the spread of the virus.

     Despite all this uncertainty, it is important to remember not to panic, to stay calm and face challenges as they come. In CaMS [department of computer and mathematical sciences], we students learn the newest developments in technology, and problem solving is a large part of our curriculum. As we begin our careers, we never know what challenges we will face.

     Our education includes programming, building apps, cyber security and networking. These skills are applicable to a number of fields, including the medical field. In the near future, people will be looking to us to for solutions, and we should be prepared to be lead and find the right solutions.      

     We are very fortunate to receive an education in computer science and computer engineering that will enable us to contribute to society at large. In addition, the pursuit of knowledge and facts, and the sharing of the knowledge and facts is keeping up with the university mission.

     Currently, there is a lot of misinformation out there on the Internet about the Coronoavirus. As future leaders in technology, we should endeavor to examine the sources and follow facts. We have a moral responsibility not to spread panic on our social media, but to share articles and posts that are factual.

     A safe place to start is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at  We can also look at updates from our university at

     We also should take care of family, friends and ourselves. Please reach out and check on those you care about. You might not be able to see each other in person, but at least keep up with the communication.

     Please also do not forget your studies. This time period might seem like an extension of spring break, but it is not. We still need to study, those of us who are graduating still need to graduate and we should finish the hard work we started on a positive note.

      We probably need to work harder to understand the material and complete our assignments. We should still start our assignments early and ask our instructors any questions we have as soon as possible.

      This consideration will help make this unusual time run more smoothly for both our instructors and us students. Our instructors are good about answering emails, and they are also working hard to transition their lectures to online classes.

     We are all capable of performing our best despite this disruption to the semester. I truly believe all of you are bright and talented and have promising futures. We can all succeed together.

     This uncertainty will not hold us back. Rather, it will make us stronger and society will need our knowledge to assist in the changing field of technology. 

     We are adjusting to uncertain circumstances, but please take heart. This crisis will pass. It might take time to find our balance again, but we will. Remember, we are the problem solvers. 

flyertech_admin Department of Computer and Mathematical Sciences