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COVID-19 alters campus living for everyone. For some it’s all they know.

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va.,- With the pandemic spiraling around the world, life has changed for everyone, including college students. Those who have lived on campus for years have had to change the way they go about their daily lives as a college student.

For freshman on campus at Shepherd, this “new way” of living is all they have ever known. I took the liberty to interview a junior and freshman to gain different perspectives.

Shepherd University freshman Sam Fisher says, “This setup to eliminate the spread of COVID-19 is ridiculous. I can’t go to the dorm that all of my friends are in but I can walk 2 feet out of my dorm and stand as close to them as I want.”

Fisher also stated that this is his new version of living. He doesn’t know anything different than this.

A few other freshmen I ran across had many of the same views. They are all trying their best to figure out how to have a “normal” college experience with all of the rules and regulations in place.

Vincent Smith, a junior at Shepherd University, is having a difficult time adjusting to these new rules and regulations as well.

“I haven’t had to worry about who could come to my dorm or where I was allowed to go before this year. I have had to adjust my social schedule a long with my work and study schedule. I do understand that the University is just trying their best to protect everyone on campus and I do my best to adhere to the rules given,” said Smith

The rules we follow living on campus are different than those we may have to adhere to in other settings. Those I interviewed are doing their best to abide by the rules given to them and still enjoy college life.



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