You could forgive college students if they feel a bit cheated. Prior to their arrival on campuses across the country, they’d been told their college years would be the best of their young lives. They’d enrich their minds, sure, but they’d also forge lasting friendships and operate with a previously unthinkable degree of freedom.
When students were sent home in March 2020, the ideal of the carefree college experience was put on hold. Did it return in some vaguely recognizable form when students did? Per research conducted by the W2O Center for Social Commerce at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, there’s very little normal in what currently passes for normal. Here’s what Syracuse students had to say about their pandemic-era social, academic and extracurricular experiences.
Source: COVID-19 and the College Experience: The Impact of a Global Pandemic, by the W2O Center for Social Commerce at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, March 2021