Today, students find themselves almost halfway into the first semester of a new year. Midterms are nearly upon us college students, and the weather is beginning to turn. Most schools and universities have adapted to COVID protocols to accommodate student populations and protect against the Delta variant, and my university is no exception.
I attend Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana, as a first-year English major! I live on campus, take classes in person, and participate in student organizations on campus. So far, I’m loving my experience at Butler, and our COVID protocols have been a major part of that experience. Vaccination proof (or a valid waiver) was required for students to return to campus before the semester began. Masks are required indoors at all times outside of your personal room or actively eating, testing and quarantine systems have been maintained, and a public directory of cases and spread rates has been made available online. This transparency and these requirements make me feel safer on campus, knowing that my school is making a conscious effort to protect its community. Out of a population of around 5,000 students, at this time our maximum COVID case count thus far was 50 positive cases. The flu vaccine is even being distributed to prevent smaller breakouts on campus this flu season.
I personally prioritize COVID safety because it keeps myself, my roommates, peers and friends safe. I don’t think our protocols are unnecessary or excessive, and they are small sacrifices to make to keep our community healthy. The blessing of being able to attend classes in person and live on the beautiful campus that I do, does not go unnoticed, and I am glad to be able to experience those returns to normalcy. I can only hope and urge my peers to keep up the good work so we can continue to have a successful year!
By Leah Ollie, Freshman, Butler University