By: Arianna Adan, Writer / Follow South Jersey Higher Education Intern
GLASSBORO, N.J. — As universities around the United States prepare to begin the fall semester in drastically different ways due to the coronavirus pandemic, students are left to adjust and adapt to the various number of changes made.
Rowan University will begin the fall 2020 semester with a similar plan as Rowan College of South Jersey. According to its official website, Rowan’s classes will mostly be delivered remotely at the start of the semester. Courses that require more hands-on instruction, such as labs and technical/clinical rotations, will be delivered in-person. Higher-risk classes like physical education, theatre, music, and dance will start in remote instruction before transitioning to in-person classes when it’s possible.
Despite the main method of course delivery being remote, students are welcome to return to Rowan’s on-campus housing at the beginning of the semester. Some students, including Joseph Rotondo, are excited to be back on campus.
Rotondo, a civil engineering major, is taking four classes online and two others in-person.
“I feel like everyone missed out on the campus life for the second half of last semester and everyone is ready to go back,” Rotondo said. “It’s good to see your classmates and friends as well as have classes in the classroom again instead of online. […] I feel comfortable going back on campus. Rowan has a good plan to have everyone safely continue the regular campus life. Even though things may be different, it will still be nice to go back.”
Giuliana Caprara, another student at Rowan studying psychological science, has all her classes online. She is thrilled to return to campus and prepared to follow any and all safety precautions.
“I am extremely excited to go back to Rowan to be with my friends and get back into an educational setting,” she said. “I personally prefer in-person classes and am not nervous about being in the classroom, especially within the protocols Rowan has set in place to ensure our safety. I have already ordered school and cleaning supplies to prepare for September. I have a great feeling about Rowan’s plans for both students and staff, so I’m hopeful for a great semester!”
Deann Downs, a history major at Rowan, is taking only one class in-person that’s a required hands-on lab. She feels very safe and secure about Rowan’s plans to keep everyone safe and follow social distancing guidelines.
“I am very excited to go back to school and see all my friends and professors,” she said. “I have been preparing to go back since March, and I have purchased surplus supplies that will help combat the virus. I feel safe going back to school because Rowan has assured us multiple times about the safety protocols they will be following to prevent the spread of COVID-19, easing the worries about face-to-face lectures.”
Taylor Loevliee studies inclusive elementary education at Rowan, and she has two of her six classes set up in the remote learning format. She is prepared and thrilled to go back on campus.
“I am looking forward to going back to campus to see friends I can only see during the school year,” Loevliee said. “I absolutely love the campus and it feels like my second home. I am a little nervous to start classes because I’m not sure how they will end up running and I really prefer face-to-face classes rather than online classes, but I am fully prepared for classes. I have brought my supplies plus more masks and sanitizer products. I feel comfortable attending face-to-face classes as long as the safety precautions are being followed to keep everyone healthy.”
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This article was produced by a Follow South Jersey news intern thanks to a grant provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation through the New Jersey Health Initiatives program to create hyper-local news to meet the informational and health needs of the City of Bridgeton, N.J.