UNL students compare this school year to last year

After a trying 2020-21 school year, University of Nebraska-Lincoln students are eager to return to a more normal school year this fall.

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) With mask requirements in some buildings, and COVID-19 testing sites across campus, it’s clear that the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is trying to manage the ongoing pandemic as best as possible.

Channel 8 spoke with several UNL students about how this year compares to last year.

“Last year was a 10 (out of 10 in terms of how much COVID-19 weighs on campus life),” UNL sophomore Carson Schraff said. “It was a major part of every decision that the university made and we made. But I think this year, probably more like, five-ish. We’re trying to get back to normal life, but it’s still making an impact.”

Many students say they do anticipate having more of a typical school year in 2021-22.

“We want to be safe and healthy and all that, of course, but you know, we’re ready to bury it and be college kids like we should be,” junior Max Simone said.

“I think everybody’s just excited to have somewhat of a normal year,” junior Samantha Wood said. “But with the delta variant, you know, we’re definitely still taking precautions.”

One precaution the university is taking involves COVID-19 testing.

This week, every student, vaccinated or not, will have to complete a saliva test to return to school. Students who don’t upload their information to the Voluntary Vaccine Registry will have to continue to get tested weekly throughout the school year.

“I like to keep an open mind [about the vaccine],” Schraff said. “I encourage it, but it’s everyone’s choice, at the end of the day.”

“We’re at the point where we’re just kind of all fed up where we will do anything, just so we can have that normal college life again,” Simone said.

Many campus activities were compromised last year as a result of the pandemic. What are students looking forward to this year?

“I think it’ll be nice to finally experience campus, go to football games, go to basketball games,” Schraff said. “I didn’t get to go to a single in-person class last year, so it’d be nice to go to my first one this year.”

“As far as I know, we’re gonna have a lot of our [Greek life] events that we didn’t have last year, which is gonna be super exciting, especially for the freshmen from last year, who didn’t get to experience a real year of college,” Wood said.

“It was definitely a very frustrating year last year,” Simone said. “We’re not super thrilled with how it went. But everyone’s positive, everyone’s looking up. It’s gonna be a good year for sure.”

UNL classes begin next Monday, August 23. There will be a walk-up clinic for students on Thursday at the Devaney Center from 8 am to 4 pm for students who wish to get vaccinated.

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