It might be a bit strange for everyone this semester, wherever we are in the college experience. Are you a freshman coming to college? A transfer student starting your first semester of college, post-community college? A recent graduate who is hunting for a job or going to grad school? I’m none of these, but I’m just as uncertain on how to go forward with this semester as any of these students who would be thrown into the college experience amid this pandemic. I don’t live on campus at my university, but I can imagine just how stressful yet exciting being in the dorms for the first time can be! If you’re a returning college student, I’m sure it’s a big change from what you’re used to. Common spaces such as the lounges and dining halls are stressful zones where you used to be able to easily hang out and chat with friends and neighbors. Even being in your own room can be a source of stress if your roommate might have COVID. I’m sure that for everyone new to the college experience there is some sort of welcoming and exciting events for you to attend online or in person so you can join the college community.It’s been a couple weeks since I started school; the first day was very stressful, thinking about all the elements of classrooms that I didn’t have to consider before. We had Zoom meetings for class introductions, a few confusing emails and a bit of uncertainty on how long the university would stay open. Would it just be the first week? As of right now, the answer is: we’re still going strong heading into September - fingers crossed!Social distancing is also required in classrooms and whenever possible when we are outside and walking around campus. If anything is checked out of our residence halls like pots and pans, it’s a sanitize-at-your-own-risk scenario. We have seven different class options this fall: • Online-Asynchronous • Online-Synchronous • Full, In-Person • Blended On-Campus/Online• Flipped (Predominantly online, in an asynchronous format) • Flexible (Online/In-Person student choice) As for ending dates for this semester of school, Truman has in person instruction and tests ending November 24th, the Tuesday of Thanksgiving Week, with a study break from November 25th until December 6th until finals start. Finals end for us on December 11th.
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