College is a time to make new friends.

But this year Covid-19 is not making the college transition easy for freshman like Maddie Huber.

“It’s been really hard, like you can’t go door knocking, you can’t just go and meet people.”

She met a group of friends, but is still missing something.

“And just classes especially, just missing out on that one-on-one connection… It’s so hard to meet people that are going through the same things as you.”

Huber lives in Witte, along with thousands of other students so she experienced the mandatory quarantine that happened during the second week of school here at UW. She felt trapped in her dorm room, but she was one of the fortunate ones because she tested negative. So, she was able to travel home to Berlin and quarantine with her family and be able to spend time with them.

“I personally just couldn’t be able to stay in the same four walls.”

Staying inside is taking a toll on students’ personal development.

“It’s difficult to figure out who you are when you don’t have the kinds of activities that are typical of a college experience.”

Brown thinks all students will be affected long-term but one group more than others.

“So the students who come from underrepresented groups have more challenges… these time multiply those challenges. So we need to pay particular attention to some of the groups for whom this experience enhances the marginalization that they feel.”

For the Badger Report, I’m Reagan Zimmerman.

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