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Student confessional: ’Making bets about when school will close’

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FILE - In this Aug. 18, 2020, file photo, a student works outside Ehrighaus dormitory on campus at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C. As more and more schools and businesses around the country get the OK to reopen, some college towns are moving in the opposite direction because of too much partying and too many COVID-19 infections among students. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)
FILE - In this Aug. 18, 2020, file photo, a student works outside Ehrighaus dormitory on campus at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, N.C. As more and more schools and businesses around the country get the OK to reopen, some college towns are moving in the opposite direction because of too much partying and too many COVID-19 infections among students. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File) (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

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“College during a pandemic is like running while it’s raining. Can you do it? Yes, of course, but at what cost? My college is in-person, but a lot of my classes are hybrid. I Zoom in on most days and physically go to class once a week. I’m not paying for adequate education at this point, but online school with a mix of social interaction here and there. One of my professors joked about not having classes on the first day of school and hoping school would be canceled by the second so that they wouldn’t have to teach. This type of rhetoric is very common across campus. Students and faculty alike are making bets about when school will close, with no one thinking we will make it all the way through the semester. The college experience has been tainted by this pandemic. I might as well be doing online classes from the comfort of my own home at this point because I am afraid of potentially getting sick, or worse, getting other people sick. Granted, most people at my school are great at wearing masks (which are mandatory) and socially distancing from each other, but we’ve already had some cases and things are likely to get worse.”

-- Anonymous

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