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By Emma Philbrook
the Times 

Waitsburg law student's account of school's sudden closure

Philbrook is a 22 year old graduate of Waitsburg High School (2015), a Whitman College graduate (2019) and is currently in her first year at Notre Dame Law School.


March 19, 2020

It didn't take me very long to pack. I hadn't brought that many clothes – a few tops, four pairs of pants, and my prized slate-gray skirtsuit – and I'd more or less been living out of my suitcase anyway. I'd been in Waitsburg for five days catching up with my family and going over my class notes, not really enough time to justify moving anything into my closet.

Normally, I wouldn't have gone home at all. Plane tickets from South Bend, Indiana, to Pasco aren't cheap. Perhaps more crucially, I lost a few precious study days to travel, and I didn't have access to my textbooks over spring...

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