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College students in the Mountain State adjust to online classes

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(WVVA) - Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the life of a college student has changed.

"I've been doing a lot of cleaning," admitted Concord University senior Matt Shoda. "Just hanging around the house and trying not to go anywhere."

Shoda is in his final semester and he's gone from having a jam-packed schedule, to working through his upper-level classes from home.

"My classes are very involved, I guess you could say," he said. "So, it's been very hard taking my senior-level classes online."

Emily Laverty, a speech and language pathology graduate student at Marshall University, is also trying to adjust.

"Everything has been slightly overwhelming because a lot of change has occurred in a very short period of time," she admitted.

Laverty was taking classes, as well as doing clinical work nearly every day of the week. But, once campus closed, her face-to-face clinical work came to a stop.

And that's not the only change she and her peers are experiencing.

"We still have to work on presentations and things like that -- over the computer that's a little bit stressful for everyone," she said. "It's kind of hard to keep in contact, depending where people are."

Despite the struggles, both Shoda and Laverty feel their respective professors and institutions have worked hard to accommodate the students' needs.

"They've been very helpful via email," Shoda mentioned.

"They've done a very good job too at getting things online for exams and such, and putting assignments up," Laverty added.

But, there's no hiding it -- they're ready to get things back to normal.

"I would much rather be living my day-to-day life than stuck at home cleaning everything," Shoda laughed.

Nick Dugan

Sports Director

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