Coming back home: Tech students share their experiences as fall classes start

By Thomas Stodghill, IV

September 9 marked the beginning of classes for the fall quarter at Louisiana Tech. While many precautions against COVID-19 are still enforced, Louisiana Tech is starting to feel normal again. Not only are the parking lots packed, but both the student center and Tolliver Hall were filled.

Classes this year look much different from last year. Many days of class last year were spent on Zoom meetings working on projects far from each other. In the classrooms, tables were marked where people could and could not sit. This year is hoping to change that.

This quarter marks the return for many students and faculty who conducted and worked on several classes fully at home during the initial stages of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Karinee Bradley, a sophomore music industry studies major, is one of many students who are getting to learn on campus for the first time.

“As a freshman, I did not get to attend locally,” Bradley said.

Classrooms got filled to the brim with students who are ready to learn again. Many students said are excited to return to the classroom after doing mostly online and hybrid classes last year.

“I appreciate being on campus after a year of online classes,” said psychology major Emily Dumas.

Dumas said she remains hopeful now that the vaccines are available for everyone. Tech, for instance, offers COVID vaccines, or students can get tested for COVID for free at the Ropp Center.

Matthew LeBlanc, a biomedical engineering major, said he is hopeful that this year will be as normal as it can be.

“I think it will, as long as COVID does not have a spike again,” LeBlanc said.

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