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Zoom University: is it here to stay?

While COVID-19 has drastically changed the way we work, connect, travel, workout, the effect on students attending college may be one of the most interesting to observe.  Since the shutdown of all college campuses in May, to transitioning to remote models for the Fall semester, the way students are adapting to “Zoom University” doesn’t seem to be changing anytime soon.

So how exactly are students adapting to the current college model?  Although some smaller colleges are adopting a hybrid model, most colleges are completely remote using virtual platforms such as Zoom.  

As a junior at the University of San Diego, I have found that many students across the country are trying their best to create the most normal college experience.  Like myself, many are still living near their college campus as if they were having class in person, and sticking to a basic schedule of attending classes on Zoom.

While I may have lucked out with a great location to be studying in San Diego, many other students have embraced the flexibility of “Zoom University,” and embraced the ability to attend school elsewhere.   For example, five of my friends who attend Harvard University escaped the cold and brought their studies to San Diego.

Attending class and studying are certainly very important, but we also know that college can be largely about going out, meeting people, and partying.  

From my experience, students fall within a range when following COVID precautions.  Luckily, many college campuses are providing free COVID testing.  Like many other colleges, The University of San Diego saw a spike in positive tests in mid-October.  Students were getting tested if they felt symptomatic or were exposed to another student who tested positive.  Those who were positive followed  a strict 10-day self quarantine.  

There is no doubt that the “college experience” has definitely been hindered by COVID-19.  I have found a couple of ways to make life feel a bit more normal.  

Sticking to a schedule, moving my body, and getting outside everyday has been crucial.  Finding ways to switch it up such as cooking a meal at home with your roommates can be a fun alternative to going out to a restaurant, especially if many are shut down.  If you are experiencing any symptoms and want to limit your exposure with others, apps such as Instacart and Postmates are great delivery services.  Most importantly, if you have the ability to get outside, fresh air and vitamin D are amazing for your physical and mental health!  

But, the question still remains– when will college campuses return to normal? Let us know what you think @starternoise 

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