Coming to Creighton with a mental picture of what college should be like, students in the class of 2024 have encountered another speed bump altering their college experience.
COVID-19 has taken away a number of social activities that are the benchmarks of college.
The cancellations of Homecoming, Fraternity and Sorority Life functions, fall athletics and numerous clubs have led to a quieter campus this semester. Haley DeBoer, a freshman in the College of Arts and Sciences, believes the social aspect of college was the biggest loss this semester.
“My new best friend could be living in Deglman right now, and I just haven’t met her yet,” DeBoer said. “There’s just so many people I haven’t met, and I feel like I missed out on so many social events.”
DeBoer is a part of the Kiewit community and said she has heard of the vivid social life present in the hall. The hall has been quieter this year as dorm restrictions only allow four people within a dorm room due to social distancing rules as provided by the Creighton community standards.
She was also saddened to hear about the cancellations of soccer and volleyball this fall and hopes basketball doesn’t face that same fate. She misses the school spirit and camaraderie that’s supplied through Creighton Athletics and yearns to be a part of the community the sports have built.
Social interactions have been fairly limited with the Community Standards in place at Creighton.
With the recent commencement of phase two, interactions have slowly progressed to the ability to intermingle between the dorms.
As described in Caring for Our Creighton Community Guide, phase two of reopening campus allows inter-hall visitation with hopes to eventually reopen campus to visitors in the upcoming months.
Social interactions aren’t as frequent in the classroom anymore. Creighton has shifted many classes to a hybrid system that splits the class alphabetically between the days of class in order to keep some form of in-person education available to students.
Brad Parsons, an assistant professor of chemistry, has noticed a shift in lower attendance with his students this semester in comparison to previous years.
“I attribute that to students quarantining or generally trying to maintain positive mental and physical health,” Parsons said.
Parsons understands the lack of motivation as students are overwhelmed with the new culture presented at college and the removal of fall break.
He focuses on bringing his upbeat energy to the classroom in hopes of helping further motivate his students and help them make it to the end of the semester.
Zoom is also changing the way students learn.
College of Arts and Sciences freshman Emma Johnson appreciates this learning option and jokes about its convenience.
“If I accidentally wake up three minutes before I have to attend class, all I have to do is open my laptop,” Johnson said. “There is also an added bonus when I can just turn my camera off if I am looking particularly rough that morning, as well.”
Even though this year is not what she has expected, Johnson is still incredibly thankful for the opportunity to come back to campus as many of her high school friends are unable to return to campus.
Excited for what 2021 will bring, Johnson yearns for the day to walk down the mall and see her classmates mask-less and without fear of the pandemic.