What back-to-school might look like for college students

May 20, 2020

Audrianna Shelton is a senior at Columbia College Chicago
Credit Audrianna Shelton

Laura Salas just graduated from Forest Hills Central and is planning to attend Michigan State University in the Fall and live on campus, while taking some precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“Because I am pretty lucky and if I do get sick it won’t be life threatening to me so I think the most important thing is going to be recognizing who is the most susceptible to the virus and distancing myself from them.”

Audrianna Shelton,  a senior at a Columbia College Chicago says that as of now, she wants to return to college next semester but will be considering living off-campus instead. 

“I am trying to choose classes that I know could transfer good online and I will still get everything that I need to get from it but it’s really hard. It’s really hard trying to determine if this still a good investment at this time?”

Andy Beachnau, the Associate Vice Provost for Student Affairs at Grand Valley State University, says GVSU is taking measures to reduce density in student housing in the fall and implement social distancing guidelines.

“People will be asked to wear masks in public places. If you are moving around a public building then we will try to create space either through signage or behavior to limit students from gathering in large groups.”

During a recent virtual town hall meeting, GVSU President Philomena Mantella explained the average class size is 26 students. Of the university’s 4,400 class sections, most are broken into smaller labs and sections of 30 students or fewer.

One thing is certain, campus learning will look very different for Salas and Shelton this Fall.