The coronavirus pandemic has altered Queens reopening plans. As many universities have decided to open, Queens planned on staying remote for the fall semester. What does this mean for first-year Queens students and how is Queens going to help?
“When college classes started, I was beyond confused because I am terrible with technology,” said Maddie Briggs, a first-year on the women’s soccer team. “It was a bit difficult to adjust to sitting behind a laptop all the time. It definitely has been difficult in some classes because you have to learn the material on your own.”
The pandemic has impacted students everywhere, especially first-year students. It’s been difficult for students to not only adjust to college but try to make friends in unconventional ways.
“I have made a lot of new friends that go to Queens,’’ said Briggs. “I have made a lot of friends through my classes because I am a very laid back, outgoing person. I am also in T2U with my roommate!”
Queens Athletics has implemented a program for transitioning into the university. T2U is a program specifically designed for student-athletes but has some non-athletes as part of this program. It is led by upperclassmen and students meet once per week to discuss topics related to their life at Queens. They’re able to learn how to build relationships and communicate with their professors.
“When I get to Queens, I plan to have my own Intramural Soccer Team formed and my whole T2U group said they would join along with some others, which is amazing!” Briggs said. “I can’t wait to see what the future holds when I come onto campus in the spring.”
Despite the challenges freshmen have been facing, they’re very optimistic about what the spring will bring them. This pandemic has brought freshmen together to want to get to know one another and have given them high expectations when allowed back on campus.
“The most challenging part of being at home and not being on campus is not having the ability to interact with friends and teammates and not being able to experience the true college experience,” said Casey Osiecki, first-year student on the women’s golf team. “If we are allowed on campus in the spring, I am expecting to have a good time, and I am excited to finally be independent and truly live the college experience.”
Student athletes aren’t the only one’s figuring out college and how to make friends. Nehemiya Shaw is a presidential scholar planning to major in secondary education.
“I have already made a lot of friends,” said Shaw. “It wasn’t really hard for me because I am an extrovert and love to meet and talk to people. The most challenging thing about going virtual is staying motivated to do my work. I want the professors to go easy on us and let us catch up to the feeling and experience of being a freshman. We want to experience everything that we missed out on.”
First-year Queens students are very positive about what the spring semester has in store. With President Lugo sending out the return to campus plan for the spring, this will motivate students and get them excited for what has yet to come.