May 13, 2021 — Chaotic. Stressful. Surprising. Fun. Students experienced the 2020–21 school year in myriad ways, and on a recent evening, outside the dining hall after dinner, a few of them shared their thoughts about what it was like to live on campus during a pandemic. “I’ve realized how fortunate we are,” said Reece Clark ’21. “I know plenty of people who haven’t been to school at all this entire year. They’ve been all online.”
Lots of things were hard. Some international students haven’t been home for more than a year, or they’ve attended class through the Lab program and felt separate from their friends on campus. Living with COVID safety protocols like masks, occasional quarantines, and plexiglass dividers in the dining hall, classrooms, and dorms was, to say the least, complicated. But the year has been “a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” said Kevin Hu ’23. “Everyone had to be responsible for themselves and the people around them, and overall, I think we did a fine job.”
NOTE: Students appear without masks in this video. Those interviewed together are in the same pods.