Committed Students Talk About Finishing High School in Pandemic

“I was kinda down bad for a good two weeks” said Washington D.C. high-school senior and committed business major Dayja Burton. She, like most of the high school seniors across the nation, will not be able to finish her senior year in a classroom, with a prom or a graduation.

“You get one high school senior year and it’s kinda like that last moment to like really be a kid…just to not really be able to celebrate it, it’s kinda crazy” Burton said over Zoom video call.

Temple Update reached out to six committed students in Temple University’s class of 2024 to hear from them first hand about what it’s like preparing to finish high-school and start at Temple.

“We have been in contact with our teachers because they’ve been giving us like side-work. Even my teachers don’t know anything. When I ask them, they’re basically going off what’s in the news” said Philadelphia, PA senior and committed social work student Tyffani Rudolph.

“Personally, I’ve never even been to Pennsylvania,” said Edina, Minnesota senior and committed theater major Brady Evans. “I was supposed to go sometime last month, but, that never happened. And I also don’t know anyone else who’s going, so it will be crazy.”

One of the first admissions events that these new Owls would be attending is an Experience Temple Day, where they would get to see their new dorms and learn more about their academic programs. For some, like Evans, it is their first visit to campus. These events, like many others, has been turned into an online experience.

In a tight three-week time period, Temple University’s Undergraduate Admissions office and Strategic Marketing and Communications department created a website exclusively for admitted students to experience Temple virtually.

The site greets new students with a fast-paced welcome video, which replaced the high-energy program that students normally receive at the Liacouras Center when they arrive on campus. Admitted students can watch videos about their academic programs, take virtual tours of campus and campus buildings as well as chat one-on-one with student ambassadors working in Undergraduate Admissions.

Since these students will most likely not have their proms and graduations to be excited about, everyone is looking ahead to starting at Temple in the fall.

“My whole focus right now is like going to Temple and like, after high school at this point…Holding on to hope was kind of driving me crazy” Burton said.

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