Little Seems Normal As Students Head to College

Lifestyles have changed because of the coronavirus, and the latest changes affect those bound for college. With many universities switching to an all-online format for the fall, some students feel it’s beneficial to start their higher education experience at local institutions.

Reporter Meghan Drakas, on behalf of The Post, explores with Schwenksville resident and Perkiomen Valley High School graduate Hunter Ringwood what he foresees in his first year, and why. She also talks with Ursinus College Dean of Students Missy Bryant about its decision to offer both Collegeville on-campus and remote options for students, and how they will operate.

The video was written, filmed, and produced by Drakas, who has already amassed substantial experience working with and in televisions newsrooms across southeastern Pennsylvania.

About the author

Reporter Meghan Drakas, a Schwenksville resident, is a recent graduate of The Pennsylvania State University. She majored in broadcast journalism, and minored in both sociology and digital media trends and analytics while at Penn State. She also served as vice president of both communications and alumnae relations on the board of her sorority, Sigma Kappa.

Meghan has interned on Fox 29’s “Good Day Philadelphia”, served as a Sunrise intern at WFMZ Channel 69 News, and also worked at WPVI Channel 6 Action News as a Professional News Intern. She is currently pursuing a career in broadcast journalism. Meghan enjoys walks with her yellow lab Tucker, trying new foods, and spending time with her family.

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In addition, Philadelphia’s NBC-10 TV offers two additional items of related interest:

Most Fall College Classes Will Be Online. What About Courses That Can’t Be?
Auto tech, physical therapy and art studio work are just some courses that will still have an in-person component on changing college campuses. (NBC10-TV)

Colleges Plan for Virus Testing, But Strategies Vary Widely
A growing number of colleges announcing aggressive testing plans to catch and isolate COVID-19 cases before they spread. Whether colleges should test every student — and whether there’s capacity for it — is a subject of debate. (NBC10-TV)

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