As students return to MSU and begin to adapt to a new normal, the Exponent caught up with some Bobcats to gain student perspectives about MSU’s reopening procedures during COVID-19.

 

Name: Miranda Raposa (Right)

Year in school: Sophomore

What are your thoughts on MSU reopening?: “I am glad it reopened. But, it does make me nervous to see a bunch of kids walk around without masks on, because I want to stay here.”

What modality are most of your classes?: “Most of my classes are a blend, so each day some of them are online, or all of them are online. It’s a weird hassle.”

What are your hopes for this semester?: “My hopes for this semester is that COVID goes away so we can get back to doing usual sorority and fraternity stuff.” 

What is the biggest change you have seen on campus this year?: “With sororities, it is a little bit different because all of our events are virtual and Greek life is taking it very seriously but then we come on campus and nothing has really changed.”

 

Name: Lindsey Andrews (Center)

Year in school: Junior

What are your thoughts on MSU reopening?: “I was excited that it reopened. I love coming to campus and going to class but at the same time it is kinda nerve wracking because I don’t want to go online again. It's just really inconvenient and I feel like it affects my education.”

What modality are most of your classes?: “I have one full online class and the other four classes are blended. So, on Monday I will go to class and then I won’t go Wednesday and Friday.”

What are your hopes for this semester?: “I hope that we have a safe semester. I hope COVID goes away, but I just really want everyone to be safe.” 

What is the biggest change you have seen on campus this year?: “The biggest change I have seen has been that you see some people taking it really seriously and some people are not, so it’s just a different environment. Sometimes you see a group of students in the library wearing masks and then you have students that aren't, so it’s just a different environment to be in because everyone is clashing.” 

 

Name: Georgia Bosse (Left) 

Year in school: Sophomore

What are your thoughts on MSU reopening?: “I am glad that MSU reopened, however I feel like they could have taken a few more precautions, considering how many students come from out of state. The Montana cases are fairly low, but I feel like students coming from higher case states should have been tested upon entry.”

What modality are most of your classes?: “My classes are mainly blended, however some of my professors are doing more online than in person.”

What are your hopes for this semester?: “I hope that students take it seriously so that we don’t have to shut down campus again. I live at the Arrow, and it is really disheartening to see people having parties every night. It has happened to so many other schools. I am just worried its gonna cause us to have to shut down again.”

What is the biggest change you have seen on campus this year?: “Probably the biggest change is the dynamic on campus, so less foot traffic and fewer interactions between students.”

 

Name: Abigail Adams 

Year in school: Sophomore

What are your thoughts on MSU reopening?: “I think it's really good because we still have to pay full price, so I would rather have some in person classes and some online classes instead of just going online and paying a bunch of money for it.”

What modality are most of your classes?: “I think my classes are pretty much like everybody else's. We meet once or twice a week, and then online, which I think is a good way to do it, so then we can still come to school.”

What are your hopes for this semester?: “I guess that we are able to stay open, and continue to do stuff. I hope regulations relax throughout the year, and that we will be able to get back to normal a little bit.”

What is the biggest change you have seen on campus this year?: “I think people don’t talk as much, you know they don't really just run into people and talk. In the evenings, campus is completely dead even though last year you could always see at least a couple people out doing their thing, but now nobody is out.”

 

Name: Ben Rocheford 

Year in school: Freshman 

What are your thoughts on MSU reopening?: “I am really glad it is reopening. For the numbers in Montana, I am glad we are taking as many precautions as we are taking, in terms of mask policy and the spray and hand sanitizer that everybody has to use. I am happy to be on campus, and I think most freshmen would say that they are happy to be on campus and not online.”

What modality are most of your classes?: “I think as many classes as I have, I am glad they are blended. I think there is an online portion to every class I have, besides maybe one lecture. I have a couple that are completely online because the professors have respiratory problems, and that is completely understandable.”

What are your hopes for this semester?: “I hope they will come out with a vaccine and that people will take the vaccine so we can cut all the online classes and just do in-person classes.”

What is the biggest change you have seen on campus this year?: “I think the weirdest thing because of COVID is that we can’t have guests in the dorm. If they live in North Hedges, you can’t bring them into South Hedges, but you can meet up in the cafeteria and take your masks off to eat.”

 

Name: Coleman Neher 

Year in school: Freshman 

What are your thoughts on MSU reopening?: “I am very happy it is opening. A lot of my friends back home are doing entirely online. I am happy to be here although I don’t want to be sent home after a few weeks because it’s like, I moved out here and then have to move all the way home.”

What modality are most of your classes?: “I have one in person class, my physics class is entirely online, and three blended classes.”

What are your hopes for this semester?: “That we continue as is, if not better, and that we don’t get sent home and have to pay full price for entirely online classes, because that would be a punch to the gut.”

What is the biggest change you have seen on campus this year?: “Wearing masks indoors is big, but it wasn’t too big of shock because I expected it. It’s just weird that some things seem to matter so much when it comes to stopping COVID, and others don’t, like eating without masks in Miller Dining Hall with 400 other people. It’s almost like COVID doesn't happen when you're eating but it happens when you are in an elevator.”

 

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