Students React to Return of In-Person Classes

Story posted March 3, 2021 in CommRadio, News by Olivia Manfredo

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.- Penn State intends to return to some more normalcy for the Fall 2021 semester.

Due to COVID-19, the fall 2020 and spring 2021 semesters were unconventional, and in-person classes were extremely limited. Lots of students did not have the opportunity to go in person and this news caused students to have mixed opinions.

With the year looking different, Chelsea Birkel, a freshman film and production major shares her optimism with returning to in person classes this fall.

“I'm a little nervous but sort of excited because it's some sort of normal school that we didn't get to have in the first year,” Birkel said. “Obviously everyone’s a little nervous because it's a different type of learning but it's what we should have had the first semester so everyone’s looking forward to some type of social aspect and community at school.”

As of now, in-person learning is on for fall 2021, although its arrangement stays flexible and will be subject to change as a result of the pandemic if needed.

Students will be given the opportunity to learn face-to-face with instructors, which will definitely be a change from the virtual setting now.

John Colavita, freshman broadcast journalism major, stated hid take on being in person this fall.

“I'm really excited to have in person classes next semester,” Colavita said. “I'm looking forward to actually meeting the people that are in my classes and being able to pay attention a lot better.”

The switch to in person learning this fall will create a greater environment for students to meet more classmates and professors in a safe, and productive space.

Olivia Manfredo is a freshman majoring in Broadcast Journalism. To contact her, email