YSU Starts Fall Semester with a New Normal

Students at Youngstown State University talk about their first day back on campus for the fall 2020 semester. For many, it seems the experience was a positive one.

Kyle Maher, a sophomore exercise science major, passed out packets filled with hand sanitizer and masks to students outside Kilcawley Center. “We’ve had about a couple hundred students pick them up,” he says. “I’ve rarely seen a student without a maskhere.”

Other students on campus for the first day seem to have the same experience.

“Everyone is taking it very seriously and I’m very impressed with that,” said freshman Trenton Kliner.

Graduate student Presley Bowser said, “I felt really comfortable because everyone I saw had masks on.”

“It went better than I thought it would,” said freshman Aaliyah Morales. “Not that I thought it would go bad. It’s just that everything is new.”

The dean of the YSU Honors College, Amy Cossentino, says what she’s seen from the students is an eagerness to learn.

“Although this is different, this is our new normal, and everybody is ready to rise to the challenge,” she said.

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