Prospective students weighing in COVID-19 as they tour colleges


WINCHESTER, Va. (WDVM) — As prospective students consider where they want to go to college, they’re also weighing COVID into the mix. Some students who were visiting Shenandoah University reflected on how this is affecting their experience while looking into schools.

“It’s kind of a stressful thing so I’ve been looking for a place where you know it’s kind of you know the restrictions aren’t so tight that you can’t actually go to school and get that college experience that everyone wants but also that it is safe,” said prospective student Abdulla Harenas.

Prospective students visiting Shenandoah University said COVID-19 safety protocols are important to them.

“If we’re just keeping hands clean and making sure everyone is safe, I feel like it’s going to be a good time,” another prospective student, Mackenzie Bauer, said.

While some students such as Bauer think the university’s mandatory vaccine status for certain campus groups is necessary, others — such as Harenas — do not think that a vaccination should be required.

“I feel like they have every right to get their students vaccinated and be together to work,” Bauer said.

“It’s important for sure, but I don’t think you can actually tell people that they have to have this or that,” Harenas stated.

Shenandoah University’s reopening committee is still looking into their COVID measures, especially with the delta variant on the rise.

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