GRAMBLING, La. (KNOE 8 NEWS) - Imagine being more than 2,000 miles away from family and not knowing if they're alive.
Sadly, that's a tough reality for some students and faculty at Grambling State University this week.
It's been two long days since Charise Morvan has spoken to her family in Dominica, an island in the Caribbean.
"That is driving me crazy, because I know that I am the backbone of my family. I'm the toughest," she said.
There are more than 60 students enrolled at GSU who are from Dominica and about three faculty members.
At least seven people died there from Hurricane Maria.
The news has Charise worried sick.
"I actually have a daughter back home. I think she needs mommy right now," she said.
She's not alone.
So many others have been left wondering and hoping for one thing:
"That phone call, said Fernanda Azouz, an international admissions counselor at GSU.
"For my mom to answer the phone. That's it," said Devante Bailey, a student from the Virgin Islands.
Class work is the last thing on some of their minds.
"I tried going to classes and you just sit there and stare into nothing," said Casey Henry, a student from Dominica.
Above it all though, these students are picking up their books and their faith.
"Take it easy and hope for the best," said
Home might be out of reach right now, but the students have a little piece of it here.
"Apres Bondie, c'est la ter. That means after God is the earth," said Henry.
It's a Dominica motto these students are holding on to.
"God is good.We'll hear from him soon." Richard Ortiz, a student from Puerto Rico.
The students said their classmates and school officials have been really supportive.
So much so, together they hosted an impromptu candlelight vigil Tuesday afternoon for those effected.
The students said things got really emotional.