Most years, the first day of class at UNC gives campus a bustling, exciting feeling and helps students connect with their classmates in person.
But, because of the pandemic, the Pit and Polk Place — typically hubs for activity — were quiet on Monday, with only a few passing students.
Many classes are being administered online this semester, and those held in person have been adjusted for smaller capacities and social distancing. In addition, students are now required to wear face coverings in University buildings.
Hannah Kaufman, a first-year advertising and public relations major, attended two classes online on Monday. She said the overall experience was overwhelming and felt impersonal.
Kaufman said getting to know her classmates was more difficult through a virtual setting, but better when other students engaged with the material and conversed using the chat feature on Zoom.