Tag is exactly first year
2021-11-29This is an interview with Zaragoza Leader Jacqueline Mendez about her experience as a student orientation leader during the summer of 2021. She describes her role as a Zaragoza leader and how her student orientation experience prior to the pandemic differed from those of her students during the summer with COVID-19. This interview offers personal insight to the effects of the pandemic as a new student attending St. Mary's. Jackie was able to connect her experience as a leader during the pandemic to her time enjoying Zaragoza as a new student prior to the pandemic. She describes the precautions that the university took during the summer during June of 2021 and August of 2021 when variants of the virus were changing and the state adopted different CDC guidelines.
2020-11-15My first semester at college has been interesting. It is odd, because to me, my first semester has been fairly normal. I do not know how different college would be because this is my first year here. So many things have become normal routine to me: wearing my mask everywhere, joining zoom for my 8 a.m. classes, getting a COVID test every 3 days, and having a limit on the amount of people in my room. For me, an introvert, the coronavirus has limited the possible interactions I would have had daily and given me and excuse to do work by myself or not go to crowded events/spaces. In a sense, it is really odd, but I have not been impacted almost at all. I have either adapted well or I just don't have a lifestyle that is heavily affected by the rules of the pandemic. My first semester has felt extraordinarily normal in a time that is anything but.