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UK students reflect on first week of fall classes amid pandemic

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Posted at 6:29 PM, Aug 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-21 18:30:39-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — The University of Kentucky wrapped up its first week of classes during the pandemic this semester.

LEX 18 went to campus Friday and invited students to answer the simple question, "How did your first week of classes go?"

"Um...how did my first week of classes go?" asked Junior Madison Trower. "They went really well!"

"This week was pretty crazy, but meeting new people and trying to make the most of it," said another student.

While many started off their responses on a positive note, many also commented on the difficult adjustment they have had to make in regard to online courses.

"It was super weird because everything is online," Trower said. "Today was the only day I had to come in person. Other than that, it went pretty good."

"I wasn't expecting hybrid classes, but I'm kind of glad that I'm here now and not stuck in my room so ill just take what I can get," said one graduate student.

With more being done virtually, students said there were notably fewer people on campus.

"I would have preferred that campus be more lively," said another student. "Due to the whole social distancing and the masks it's very hard to meet new people, but overall it's pretty fun in my opinion."

Several students also praised the university for the work it has done to keep everyone safe.

"I think UK is actually doing a really good job at keeping everything organized in this really weird time," said one student.

Notably, fears about contracting the coronavirus were not top of mind for students. Despite that, UK said 231 students have tested positive out of the 21,064 tested. That is a 1.1% positivity rate.