Students reflect on a fall semester filled with many ups and downs
An unusual fall semester at SU amidst a pandemic
With the fall semester wrapping up, the Syracuse University campus has turned into a deserted ghost town in these last few weeks. Another resurgence of COVID-19 cases in the weeks following Halloween had finally reached the threshold so that in-person classes were moved online. For many students, there was a mad scramble to pack up, offer hurried goodbyes to roommates and friends and make their way back home to finish classes remotely.
This wasn’t the end SU officials and students had hoped for. For that matter, neither was the semester as COVID-19 restricted social interactions and a majority of in-person activities were either canceled or postponed indefinitely.
The virus brought a new experience to campus with many traditional events and activities changing formats or being completely restricted. This year’s Juice Jam was held virtually rather than at Skytop and students nor fans were not allowed to attend football games or any SU sporting events. The scene of a lifeless quad with social distance circles marked in the grass marked a notable change from the usual lively gatherings that occurred on nice fall days in past years.
“It was really hard not being able to go to any football games, school events, or Juice Jam,” communication sciences and disorders freshman Leah Jones said.
Jones said that she and her newfound college friends were able to find alternatives to the limited campus activities.
“We ended up being able to make safe plans despite the pandemic and find creative ways to spend time outside since we weren’t able to be in each other’s dorms,” she said. “We liked to go shopping or go to eat at Oh My Darling with my friends.”