UNL students excited about return to full in-person learning this fall

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln announced that plans are in place to resume full in-person learning in Fall 2021.

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – On Friday, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Chancellor Ronnie Green announced that the university is planning to resume to full in-person learning starting in the 2021 fall semester.

The university’s decision is based on the assumption that anyone at the university who wants to be vaccinated will be able to do so by mid-August.

After an unprecedented school year, UNL students say a return to classrooms is a welcome change.

“Personally, I’m actually kind of happy about it, just because I know that in-person classes are a lot easier for me, personally,” says junior Anne Walter.

 One of the biggest challenges students mentioned having with remote learning is not being able to receive hands-on assistance with difficult assignments.

“Being able to work on a problem with someone in person is a lot easier because you’re able to physically write out your work and show them how things are done,” Nick Padula, a software engineering major, said. “When everything’s online, it’s a lot harder to do that.”

Rising seniors in search of internships and jobs are hopeful the timing of the change will improve their prospects of earning those opportunities.

“For me, personally, I’m looking forward for internships,” Jayden Brown, a junior sports media communications major, said. “I’m ready to work. I’m ready to show future employers that I know what I’m talking about.”

Students are optimistic that the return of in-person classes is a sign that typical college social functions, which have been compromised by the pandemic, are on their way back.

“Not wearing masks will be nice,” Walter joked. “I guess that’s kind of everyone’s hope, but just kind of getting in the groove of having large gatherings and having larger parties and stuff that just foster more of a community.”

The university says that determinations about mask wearing and lifting restrictions on university buildings will be made closer to the start of the fall semester, which is projected to begin on August 23.

“I’m really excited because if we keep doing what we’re doing with the masks and staying socially distanced, staying clean, staying healthy, then the future looks pretty bright,” Brown said.

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