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Amplified Confusion: Freshmen Year In A COVID-19 World

Freshman year. It’s a weird, awkward, scary, fun, and exciting experience. It’s already a hard to navigate minefield without all of the issues caused by a global pandemic. So how does COVID-19 change the CB freshmen experience? Does it get worse for some and better for others? CB freshman Kaylin Perry (‘24) says going back […]

Freshman year. It’s a weird, awkward, scary, fun, and exciting experience. It’s already a hard to navigate minefield without all of the issues caused by a global pandemic. So how does COVID-19 change the CB freshmen experience? Does it get worse for some and better for others?

CB freshman Kaylin Perry (‘24) says going back was exciting but also somewhat confusing.

“I loved going back. It was super fun and it was nice to see people and eat lunch with people instead of by yourself,” says Kaylin. “The arrows were kind of confusing, but you got used to it pretty fast and it’s not as much screen time which is nice.”

Nora Baggarly (’24) says that so far going back to school in person has been great because of the in person learning and flexible schedule.

“The first two weeks so far have been amazing. I’m thankful to have the opportunity to go onto campus physically and also have the option to stay at home via distance learning”

Kaylin says the best part about going back is actually being able to socialize and meet people. “The best part has been having actual interactions with people instead of just on a phone, and it’s easier to meet new people and make friends.”

For Nora the social aspect and being able to be physically on campus in the classroom is also the best part of going back in person.

“I feel that the best part about starting school in person so far, is getting to know the teachers while having an in-person feel of the campus,” Nora says. “It has also been great having the opportunity to see my friends in person” says Nora.

Freshmen also face an unprecedented challenge by entering into high school this year. The reduced class size and other restrictions present a unique social situation for freshmen.

“There’s always a few people who are in most of my classes so I’ll talk to them at breaks. I’ve also met some people through other people and we’ve talked and said ‘oh let’s meet here for lunch’ and we’d eat and talk together” says Kaylin. “People in the other cohort will be like ‘do you know this person?’ and I’m like ‘No, I’ve never heard of them,’ it’s weird”.

“At first it was difficult to socialize due to the circumstances of COVID-19, but I find myself growing comfortable and slowly feeling more confident and able to branch out” Nora says.

Navigating social situations isn’t the only thing that’s tricky for this year’s freshmen class. Without the chances that previous classes had to familiarize themselves with the campus, the simple act of going to class is a challenge.

“At first, it was extremely overwhelming, being a freshman of course. I hadn’t yet had a chance to familiarize myself with the environment and the campus. Fortunately, I’m slowly adjusting and getting into the swing of things,” Nora says. “So far the walking lanes have been different; it’s a tad bit stressful when you take a wrong turn and have to walk all the way around the campus again.”

“It’s hard because a few of my classes got moved around, so I wasn’t really sure where they were exactly.” Kaylin says. “What’s nice is I could find someone who I knew was in my class, and I would ask them where they were going and go with them. Sometimes If I’d have to figure it out myself, I was afraid I’d miss a turn and I’d have to start all over.”

For the freshmen class, the year so far has been a weird one. While they have the ability to be back on campus many of the problems freshmen faced previously are not only present, but also amplified. Trying to make friends gets harder when you don’t have the opportunity to meet half of your class. Trying to find your classroom gets harder when you didn’t have the chance to familiarize yourself with the school and have to take one specific route. However, this year’s Freshmen are still a part of the CB community and with three more years to go, there is still hope for them to have a normal high school experience.

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