Last year, both the fall and spring semesters lacked their typical week-long breaks, a since reinstated luxury of which students in the Center for Social Concerns’ U.S. Healthcare Policy and Poverty seminar course this semester took full advantage.
I’ve always been pretty keen on birthdays. I think they serve as a wonderful excuse to reflect on a year’s worth of shared memories or to reach out to those with whom you’ve lost touch. Ironically, however, my own annual celebration does not pique my interest quite as much.
There’s no denying that the Notre Dame community is constantly adjusting to new norms and rules brought about by COVID-19, but there’s one group of students who have an additional adjustment to make: the first years. Being a freshman in college is always an experience, so what does it look like to be a freshman during a pandemic?
For those who have experienced the hellscape that is Welcome Weekend, no explanation is necessary.