Spring semester begins with a little too much in-person for some college seniors
Increased testing for COVID-19 and stricter safety protocols juxtaposed with students gathering en masse and flouting North Carolina safety guidelines have led to a turbulent start to the spring semester at the Triangle's three largest universities.
we are about two or three weeks since the newscaster. Yes. Um, classes air. Fine. Zoom is still boring. I don't think that'll ever change this. And this is my first time back on campus since co vid last march. And I can say that, um, the environment in campus life is just a lot different. Um, I would say it's a lot more bears. I have one in person class and it's been going really well. We did our first week online just to get used to everything on then in class, we all sit very far apart. They're only 20 of us in it, but we use a lecture hall, so we're all very spread out. We stay on Zoom so that we can hear each other just kind of funny. But it's still really nice to be back in person. Originally were supposed to go back to class this semester to bin it. It got pushed back by two weeks, and this week is when I guess students are technically supposed to go back in person. If, like the classes small enough, I have one class that's supposed to be in person. They decided to push going back to class for another week. I haven't heard any of my friends talking about going to their in person classes this week. This semester is being handled a lot better. Definitely starting off on Ah, worse foot. A lot of people left their families, wanted to do fun things with their friends and then decided to come back. We brought a lot of co vid back into the Durham community. Um e hey, really close to Franklin. And when I went outside to walk with my dog, it was so e could hear people on Franklin Street. So I was like, Wow, I bet people rushing. And then later I saw, like, tons and tons of pictures and of people just like storming the streets. Um, some wearing masks. Someone weren't wearing masks. It was literally a mash, but it looked like nothing, really. It did not look like there was a pendant going on, because I saw these pictures usually like, wow, a lot of people I don't know of anything on that scale that anybody would do has done. And so that was, I think, frustrating to see just as a student and someone who's part of a larger community. You don't want to see people doing that with everything that's going on. Yeah, it was disrespectful going back in person classes. It changes the whole game because we don't know what our peers we're doing. We're putting ourselves at risk for people that we don't really know, and we don't really know what they've been up to, so they could have then one of those people, like in the middle of the mosh pit. Yeah, E think going into the next few weeks, I'm seeing that it will get better. A Students are also realizing that these report decisions and that it has had a really big impact in order for us to kind of get back toe normality. I think it's gonna take a lot of cooperation and self control. Um, and a lot of guidance, like, I guess, from our government and self control from the citizens themselves. And I think everyone just kinda has their own responsibility to try and be a safe as they can. A songs. People stick to the guidelines and stick to the 10 person limits and, you know, just do everything they can to be a safest possible I think it's gonna be a great semester. And I'm I'm really excited to wrap up Dick. I'm excited to see how the next few months play out. I don't think I feel that I'm missing out as much as I did last semester. Like I was very E was still very convinced that I was missing out on these huge senior experiences on I don't really think about that anymore. Now it just it feels like we're here and we're having fun and you know, we're being safe, and I think that's the biggest thing. I'm excited that we're graduating soon, but it's also a little sad because we didn't get hang out with a bunch of our friends this semester as much as like we'd want to in the settings that we'd want. Thio. I'm just really grateful for all the relationships that I've made in my under undergrad at college, and I'm so excited to see where all of my friends are gonna end up, um, in five years or even next year, and I think it's just gonna we really exciting for all of us toe move on to the next chapter in our lives and just really see, like where we can go from here. It definitely feels like the chapters ending, and it's coming to a close slowly. It doesn't feel as abrupt. I almost think it would feel more abrupt if things were more normal and everything was. We were kind of wrapped up in this whirlwind of like last semester, and then all of a sudden it ends. It doesn't feel like it's coming to an end, so to speak, because it feels like we're on this pandemic and online. So it kind of feels like we're just being dragged to the end, so it doesn't really feel like a completely because I feel like everything is just like, Oh, guess well, hang out here. We'll drink here with the same people over and over again. Mhm.