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LUBBOCK, Texas -

The normal excitement of a new school year for some students is masked by some major concerns.

"I was kind of expecting to at some point have this happen. But I was definitely surprised at the fact that this is happening before classes have even started," student Jessi Helmers said.

Helmers, like many others, was eager to return to school for Fall semester.  But just 2 days before classes were set to begin, she learned she may have been exposed to COVID-19 in the dorms.
Now, she's spending the first days of school quarantining. A new reality of being a student during the pandemic. 

"[I] don't want to be spreading it and making a bunch of people get sick. That would make me feel horrible," Helmers said.

This was also not the freshman year experience Alex Droemer was hoping for.

With half his classes online he's concerned about making those vital connections college is known for.

"It's going to be a little harder to meet people, like I was pretty excited to meet people in my astronomy class, which is all online now," he said. "What can you do? Gotta make the best of it. "

Texas Tech was considered a leader during the Spring, being one of the first universities that announced in-person classes would take place in the Fall. Now the concern is, can that be sustained.

College campuses across the U.S. have begun to re-evaluate as COVID-19 cases surge.


To prevent the spread of the virus, Tech will host some classes outside as shown above.


"I've definitely seen groups of like 60 kids outside playing a game together, and that just seems real sketchy to me," Helmers said.

"At this point I think Tech is,they seem like they're pretty focused on trying to keep us in classes and not move us all online or kick us off campus," Droemer said.

Uncertainty has made the new school year difficult for students like Helmers, who depend on the stability provided by living on campus.

"If campus does get shutdown, do I stay up here? Just being back home can be stressful and it was hard to get my schoolwork done there," she explained.

As of Sunday night, Texas Tech's COVID-19 dashboard reports 103 total confirmed cases, split between 57 students and 46 faculty/staff.

Currently there are 53 active cases, and 50 recoveries.


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