‘I’ve Never Seen the Campus’: What It’s Like to Attend Harvard From Your Childhood Bedroom
Charlotte West, PBS NewsHour
Josie Chen is a first-year student at Harvard University. Chen, however, has never set foot on campus. Instead, she's taking courses virtually from her parents’ home in Oakland, California.
College isn’t normal for anyone this fall. Uncounted numbers of students like Chen have chosen to forgo the typical first-year experience to stay closer to home, whether to help out their families or to safeguard their own health. Their first impressions of college are turning out to be challenging, isolating, frustrating and confusing, with a few bright spots.