Going back to college during a pandemic: Here’s what you need to know

People wearing masks walk on a deserted Cal State Fullerton campus in April
Cal State University Fullerton student Linh Trinh, 21, right, and her boyfriend Tan Nguyen, 21, walk around the Cal State Fullerton campus in April.
(Christina House / Los Angeles Times)

Last school year, you might have spent weeknights in a study room with poor circulation, surrounded by friends as you crammed for exams. Weekends probably included an outing to a bar, house show or party. And you might have lived in the quintessential on-campus dorm, where you shared everything (sometimes begrudgingly) with a roommate or two. If you’re a rising freshman, you were probably looking forward to those experiences as you perfected your college essays and anxiously hoped for acceptance letters from your top schools.

Then COVID-19 made its way into our lives. Students had to leave campuses. Classes went online. Graduations too.

The 2020 fall semester is going to be very different for everyone. Here are some ways make the most out of it, whatever it looks like, and get a handle on some trickier issues and news updates.