How a brand new Houston school pupil offers with the uncertainty of the early college pandemic – Houston Public Media
The new academic year means colleges reopen their doors to face-to-face learning while Texas hospitals have a “fourth wave“of COVID-19 cases. But due to a regulation that bans the public Schools and universities are prevented from wearing masks, many institutions are prevented from taking additional steps to contain the spread of COVID-19.
Kaitlyn Lopez, a freshman at Sam Houston State University, spoke to Houston Public Media about what her school is and isn’t doing in the fight against COVID-19.
The following story has been edited for length and clarity.
What security measures, if any, are in place at Sam Houston?
They divided the roommates so that they would not move in on the same day to avoid contact between the parents. We were supposed to move in the same day, but they decided to change that and move my roommate to the day after me to prevent our parents from coming into contact with each other.
How does it feel to go to college knowing the pandemic is still affecting people badly?
I’m nervous about going to college because I know there aren’t a lot of security measures. However, I know that I will do what I have to to ensure my health and safety and I will continue to wear my mask and only spend time with people I know are very aware of the pandemic right now are.
College usually means larger classes of around 40 or more people. Are you nervous about going to your class?
I am nervous about going to large classes. But I’m also looking forward to the experience. However, I will say that I will continue to wear my mask to protect myself.
Social gatherings come with college, but with the pandemic this could be a little tricky. Do you think Sam Houston could try to change the rules against social gatherings to protect the students?
I don’t think Sam Houston will change the rules against social gatherings this year. To me it seems like they are promoting very strongly that they are 100% personal and back to normal.
I know that as a college student, you want to go to these social gatherings and enjoy the classic college experience. So how are you feeling right now?
I feel like social gatherings can be fun and a great way to experience college. However, they should only be done with this year’s pandemic in mind to make sure we stay away from COVID.
What are your own concerns about COVID-19 and a freshman college student?
I worry this will be a repeat of the last year we had to go into lockdown. I’m really looking forward to my first year here with Sam Houston and I’m just very confident that we won’t go into lockdown again because of COVID.
So you say you are confident that we will not go into quarantine again, but what would you do if you had to go back into lockdown?
Of course, if I had to go into lockdown again, I would follow all applicable rules. However, I would be very sad and feel like I missed my college experience.
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