We’re Back! The Great College Return

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By Quentin Choy

Following almost two years of lockdowns, quarantines, social distancing, and virtual learning, many schools across the country are returning to an extent of in-person learning.

Colleges including my own are returning to normal, hosting tons of fun events to get freshmen and returning students excited to be back on campus.

While many welcome week events for college are usually pretty lame and tacky, there’s a different energy in the air.

Students who would never go to college-hosted events, whether they are too cool or too shy are showing up in full force, embracing the sense of normalcy that is slowly returning.

The college experience is back!

Whether it’s seeing students at football games, going to concerts, eating at the dining hall, or watching people walking late at night to parties, college as we know it has finally returned.

There’s nothing like meeting new people on campus and hearing their stories and dreams for the future.

Some friends and I helped freshmen move into their dorms among the throngs of sweaty parents and family members lugging TVs, refrigerators, and microwaves up the stairs.

While something like move-in day, arguably the most un-fun day of the school year, may seem trivial, it’s nice to see as a return to the pre-COVID college experience.

Although I’m an introvert, I gladly approached freshmen and new students on campus, genuinely excited for them and for the school to be back how it used to be.

As a safety precaution, the majority of students on campus are vaccinated and masks are required indoors.

Let’s not even get started about the anxieties of in-person test taking…

The sense of brewing excitement on campus is incredible.

Freshman are finally able to live out their college lives. Sophomores and juniors can shut their laptops and finally attend classes in the classroom.

And we seniors are just excited to be here.

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6 comments / Add your comment below

  1. Were you able to get enrolled for this semester then? I hope so! Have fun with this, your last year, my friend, but please do take every precaution … COVID is far from over.

    1. Jill,

      Yes! I will take precautions still as the Delta variant is still raging. But thank you for the good wishes for my last year of school!


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