Sophomore year, first-year questions

After 17 months of COVID-19-related on-campus limitations, sophomores and new students alike face learning the college ropes anew. Marcella Runell Hall, dean of students, discussed the challenges with the Boston Globe.

By Keely Sexton

With the return to fully in-person learning comes a new but not-new challenge: sophomores who started their college education remotely are coming to campus for the first time. 

The basic things — such as room locations, mailboxes, meal times and health services — are all new. The Boston Globe interviewed Marcella Runell Hall, dean of students and vice president for student life, on the topic. 

“There is an expectation — under different circumstances — that sophomores might have figured out most of this stuff already,” she said.

To meet the post pandemic challenge of orienting not-new students to a campus they may never have seen before, Mount Holyoke College has developed “reorientation” groups.

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