A different freshman experience

Mandatory masks, social distancing, and limited gatherings are the standard nowadays due to the coronavirus pandemic. For freshmen at Virginia Tech hoping to get the full college experience, these restrictions have made things more challenging.

Freshman Colin Roberts: “I’m still trying to get more involved, I’m still trying to join some more clubs, so i’ll see if I can do
that still.”

With nearly all club meetings taking place online due to the restriction on
major gatherings, students have found it harder to join social clubs over zoom but have found ways to socialize outside of these clubs.

Freshman Minahil Malik: “Gobblerfest online wasn’t hard to manage and getting emails through engineering stuff for clubs makes it pretty easy as well.”

As for the social scene that many come to college to experience, on campus
activities and good weather have helped some freshmen make connections even with these guidelines in place.

Freshman Colin Roberts: “Walking around campus, going to the drillfield at night, skating around, you have people come up to you and say hi, you can go up to people and say hi, spark a small conversation and get snapchats or something. I wouldn’t say it’s too difficult for me personally, but I can definitely understand it’s more difficult for other people who don’t step out as much.”

As for others, however, the social scene hasn’t been what they expected when starting their freshman year at virginia tech.

Freshman Minahil Malik: “I think because of covid, it took away a lot of things I was looking forward to for freshman year. Just meeting a lot more people in general and hanging out with people and stuff like that, that’s
what I expected but obviously coronavirus.”