The Class of 2021: Returning
After five months away, seniors from UNC, Duke and NC state share how they feel about returning to a senior year full of uncertainty.
My name is Vivian Lee Brice Royal, and I'm gonna be a rising senior here. Stay. I'm going to be a senior this year, uh, trouble. And I'm a senior duke. I'm excited but nervous. Wait. So for me, it means the attempt at a new start. And honestly, I'm kind of thinking about us a little bit too soon. It's gonna be a lot. I think it's gonna be a big test of self accountability. I think my biggest concern, um, would be that everybody thinks that they're kind of doing the most by wearing their masks in public. I know my friends really cool. I wear my mask at the grocery store I wear when I go to pick up food. But then nobody will wear it in social settings, like in an apartment or in a house. I don't think people understand necessarily that those air spaces where it can be spread because people have friends, our goals, looking out, one thing going up another You know, I think you want to hang out with a bunch of people, meet us many people as you can before you leave. But this semester, obviously, it's definitely gonna be a little sad because already knowing what my past two years have been like, I would want that replicated just because I've had such a good time, we're in a pandemic. So there's a lot going on, like behind the scenes. I feel like for a lot of students assed faras family issues and maybe even financial issues. So I think that having to focus on school is gonna be a bit tougher for some students. How do you think the university handled that? I think they can tear Decision Board and where their conversations were like it was more geared towards revenue for the university instead of a conversation one ethics and like who would be most affected by the state that were. Students are very obsessed with their own experiences. They're gonna get have it on. I think it's hard to remember that professors or actually really created their own health, because if we've spent all of this time trying to quarantine trying to social distance, placing kids in a smaller capacity, knowing how effective this virus is, it's just kind of rolling the dice. Laughter, like with students, lives and like a this point, schools are trying to minimize the amount of damage. But I think at the end of the day, the main point is that there will be damaged and there probably will be lives lost. And I don't think that there's been enough emphasis on that. I don't think doing half and half is a way to do it because you're not gonna be half exposed. I think you might as well just bite your tongue and kind of sit through this little missile time online. And then things will get better. I definitely really upset. At first I was like my friends, we cried over. Soon we were so upset about how things have changed. I think once we started really talking about it, I realized a lot of things about were like, not being able to go out B 21 finally go to bars drink. But then, kind of as I started looking at long term goals for me, mister, I think people more efficient. So I I'm not that upset, but I don't think I'm really lucky. I still will be with honestly, I don't know. I don't even know what tomorrow looks like, or next week looks like Carolina is a very fast paced school when everyone is always gonna do something like me included. I think with this it's teaching me to slow down and just things day by day and be appreciative, like little things and spending time with people that I love. So where mask, he say.