Freshmen feeling unprepared after senior year online

Freshmen share their fears having had untraditional senior years


Evelyn Spear

On August 18, Sarah Carstens is studying for her pharmacology class in Henderson Library.

Chase Amoroso, Correspondent

Freshmen started at Georgia Southern face-to-face this month for the first time in two and a half semesters, leaving some with mixed feelings about the semester ahead. 

For many college freshmen this is the first time they have sat in a classroom for over a year, that alone can be stressful.

“I was online for my senior year, and I don’t feel like I learned anything at all,” said first-semester freshman Marssia Scoggins  

While others like Sadie Quin, who were in-person most of their senior year of highschool, feel less stressed and more prepared. “I feel like I’m set for whatever. If the classes go online or stay in person, I’m not too worried either way.”

 Many people also spent that time being socially isolated. 

“I know a lot of people who are coming back to the real world, and they are having difficulties talking to people,” said Scott Aikens, a freshman who was in-person his senior year. “Being in person helps with socialization and then also with paying attention in class. Being on a computer screen makes it way more easy to drift away.” 

Considering that the college experience can be overwhelming under normal circumstances, many said their final year of highschool spent online made them less prepared to be on a college campus.