Students Return to Campus

Lillian Trimble, Communications Class of 2023
College of Arts and Sciences Ambassador

10/7/2021

After a year and a half of online classes and not knowing if I would ever be in person again, President Pinto finally sent word out to the UC community that we would in fact be in person, or at least a mix of in person and online. Regardless, I had never been more excited to step foot in a class than I was on the first day of the semester. I may have been masked up and not able to hear my professors that well but it was a step in the right direction. Things were finally starting to feel normal again. Making new friends, not seeing the same people I saw everyday in my apartment, but new people! I was not staring mindlessly at a screen dozing off or thinking about the latest episode of Grey’s Anatomy. I was there, sitting at a desk trying to remember how to actually pay attention and take meaningful notes. There were no awkward silences from the lag of a computer or bad wifi, it was all beautifully in real time, flowing conversations.

Now, along with all of this excitement, there was still anxiety. I was nervous about getting Corona (again). I was out of practice in the whole concept of socializing. Meeting new people for the first time in well over a year was agonizing; I was not alone. A lot of people were nervous about going back and having to relearn how to be in social situations again. I am not going to lie, at first it was exhausting. I went from doing virtually nothing to everything at once, it felt like my hair was on fire and I was going mach two. Slowly but surely, I am finally getting into a schedule and reacclimating into a semi-normal society again.