We are three weeks into the Fall 2020 semester and with McLean County having a rise of COVID cases, classes are slowly transitioning to an online format. Currently, McLean county has a total of 2,312 confirmed cases. The Normal-Bloomington area takes 1,189 of those cases.
The rise of case count is no secret as universities across the country welcome students back on their campuses. Multiple universities have made national news as students struggle with quarantining themselves. Through the use of their social media, students are sharing their experiences while attending college during a global pandemic.
From quarantine meal shows on TikTok and an on-going bingo game involving controversial news reports on various school. The global pandemic is on the rise with no signs of coming to an end. The platform has allowed students to share their struggles, their advice and has allowed them to share their personal opinions about their peers and university.
Unfortunately, Illinois State University is not safe from this. At the moment, we are ranked number five in the top schools with the most confirmed cases in the United States. Within the state, we are number one. As instated, no more ten people may gather in one place and face mask use when in public is still mandatory.
One TikTok user, kikii0088, shared her opinion on the face masks given out during Welcome Week, “has 3 splits and two miscellaneous slits at the bottom and when I breathe you can see my whole face.” Her video also had a written statement about Illinois State University not requiring it students to get tested prior to coming to campus. She ends her video by saying, “they really put us on campus and said survival of the fittest.”
Another TikTok users, dannyflor26, shared his opinions on the breakfast and dinner food given to students that are in isolation. Danny stated that, "They actually give us a lot and I’ll be doing this for a few days”. His overall rating was a six out of ten and in his video, he listed all the food given.
The use of social media has created a new side of sharing information. Some urge others to stop partying while on campus, while others showcase their gatherings. In Illinois fines up to $750 dollars have been instated to urge college students to stop gathering in large crowds.
Illinois State University strongly encourages the members of the campus community to follow CDC guidelines in helping to prevent the spread of Coronavirus. Link here.
By: Yasmin Carrillo
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