What Covid-19 was like for freshman Claire Harper

MUNCIE, Ind. (NewsLink)-- Quarantining for Covid-19 has officially become the new norm for college students. Ball State University offers students the opportunity to either quarantine on campus or at home.

Claire Harper, a freshman at Ball State, decided to quarantine on campus to keep her family at home safe.

“My experience through Ball State, if I could describe it in one word, I would say very unorganized. I got Covid the second week of classes, so I know they were flooded with kids getting sick and not really sure what to do about it,” Harper said.

Harper experienced many struggles as she had to wait a week before she could get her positive test and had trouble communicating with the health department. Due to this, Harper advocated for herself and was able to successfully make it to the quarantine dorm and get a room for herself.

Even though the week leading up to Harper making it to the quarantine dorm was stressful, her teachers did a good job of keeping her updated on her assignments.

Harper said, after she reached out to her teachers, “Most of my professors, all of my professors actually, were very accommodating.”

Even though quarantining can take a toll on one’s mental health, Harper was able to still stay on top of all her schoolwork and binge Netflix, of course.

Harper recommended that, “If you are not happy with the situation you are in, talk to your hall director or talk to whoever was contacting you about it because they will accommodate you, they just don’t, from my experience they didn’t offer it up front.”

For more information on Ball State’s Covid-19 policies, you can visit the Ball State Dashboard.

On-campus testing is being administered on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at the Worthen Arena Concourse from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. as well as testing through the IU Health partnership, available seven days a week.

For any complaints or concerns, please contact klsehgal@bsu.edu .

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