College freshmen moved into dorms with hopes of having a ‘normal’ semester. 3 students told us why they quickly moved back home.

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College students moving at the University of Michigan.
  • Insider spoke to students at the University of Alabama, University of Michigan, and the University of Missouri on why they made the decision to leave their campuses shortly after moving into dorms. 

  • The students had hoped for a traditional college experience but felt they were at risk while on campus.

  • The students pointed to campus parties, a lack of rules, and inadequate testing as to why they decided to head back home.

  • Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Editor’s note: Some of the students who spoke to Insider for this article asked to go by their first names only in order to speak frankly.

Before Chloe even moved into her dorm room at the University of Alabama, she was already searching for a way out.

The freshman had heard rumors of “COVID parties” in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. She was familiar

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College Runner Is Still Struggling Months After a COVID-19 Diagnosis

Photo credit: Courtesy of Natalie Hakala
Photo credit: Courtesy of Natalie Hakala

From Men’s Health

COVID-19’s affect on your health is a rapidly developing situation. For the most up-to-date information, check in with your local health officials and resources like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regularly.

One sign that runner Natalie Hakala is making progress in her recovery from COVID-19: She can finish her sentences now. Just a few weeks ago, she would have to stop after a few words to catch her breath.

The struggle to hold a conversation is just one of the problems Hakala, 22, has experienced in the two months since she was diagnosed with COVID-19. She’s what’s known as a COVID-19 “long-hauler,” someone whose symptoms persist for weeks or months. Hakala described having a rapid heart rate, brain fog, and consistent headaches unlike any headache she’s had before.

“It’s directly behind my eyes,” she told Runner’s World.

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Imperial College expert warns of virus ‘uptick’

LONDON — The epidemiologist whose modelling heavily influenced the British government to impose a lockdown in March has warned that fresh restrictions may have to be re-imposed in coming weeks to deal with a rise in new coronavirus cases.

Neil Ferguson from Imperial College London said he was “encouraged” that the government is banning social gatherings of more than six people from Monday, noting that “one of the mistakes” in the early days of the pandemic this year was an overly “cautious” approach.

Still, he told BBC radio that “all the analysis” suggested there would be an “uptick in deaths in the coming weeks, so now is the time to respond.”

The U.K. has seen Europe’s deadliest virus outbreak, with around 41,600 deaths.

Ferguson added that if the transmission rates don’t fall markedly so the epidemic starts shrinking again, then “we may need to clamp down in other areas.”

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College Quarantine Breakdowns Leave Some at Risk

Sarah Ortbal, a sophomore at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, said there was little supervision for quarantined students in her dorm complex. (Wes Frazer/The New York Times)
Sarah Ortbal, a sophomore at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, said there was little supervision for quarantined students in her dorm complex. (Wes Frazer/The New York Times)

Across the United States, colleges that have reopened for in-person instruction are struggling to contain the rapid-fire spread of coronavirus among tens of thousands of students by imposing tough social distancing rules and piloting an array of new technologies, like virus tracking apps.

But perhaps their most complex problem has been what to do with students who test positive for the virus or come into contact with someone who has. To this end, many campuses are subjecting students to one of the oldest infection control measures known to civilization: quarantine.

Many public and private colleges have set aside special dormitories, or are renting off-campus apartments or hotel rooms to provide isolation beds for infected students and separate quarantine units for the possibly

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How A College Student Practices Self-Care During Coronavirus

Welcome to Refinery29’s Feel Good Diaries, where we chronicle the physical and mental wellness routines of women today, their costs, and whether or not these self-care rituals actually make you feel good.

Have your own Feel Good Diary to submit? You can do so here!

Today: A student takes advantage of her school’s free yoga classes, has a run-in with a bat, and enjoys some socially-distant beach yoga.

Age: 21
Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan
Occupation: Student
Salary: Unemployed due to COVID-19

Day One

9 a.m. — I belong to my college’s yoga club, and the student in charge of it has been posting an easy morning flow a couple times a week. I am so grateful for that, especially being unemployed and having no money! Today she did a 20-ish minute power flow with a lot of ab and leg work. It was relaxing, but also sweaty. I

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The impact canceled AAU tournaments due to COVID-19 is having on college basketball prospects

We like you and we’re interested, but we want to see you play live. 

The head coach will be coming out to see you.

I look forward to watching you on the AAU trail this summer. 

Mid-level college basketball prospects hear some version of these phrases over and over from programs in conversations with coaches throughout high school. 

The fate of their careers, delivered in the form of an official offer, is often determined by their performance on the hardwood of gyms filled with dozens of teams and a steady stream of coaches and analysts eager to discover the next hidden gem in the heart of summer on the Amateur Athletic Union circuit. 

None of those promises have come to fruition this year as the three major circuits — Nike Elite Youth Basketball, Adidas Gauntlet and Under Armour Association — completely canceled their national string of tournaments by the end

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How COVID-19 has impacted college basketball prospects

The head coach will be coming out to see you.

Mid-level college basketball prospects hear some version of these phrases over and over from programs in conversations with coaches throughout high school. 

The fate of their careers, delivered in the form of an official offer, is often determined by their performance on the hardwood of gyms filled with dozens of teams and a steady stream of coaches and analysts eager to discover the next hidden gem in the heart of summer on the Amateur Athletic Union circuit. 

None of those promises have come to fruition this year as the three major circuits — Nike Elite Youth Basketball, Adidas Gauntlet and Under Armour Association — completely canceled their national string of tournaments by the end of May in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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What It’s Like to Send Your Kids to College in a Pandemic

Photo credit: FatCamera
Photo credit: FatCamera

From Oprah Magazine

Four years ago, as our daughter prepared to leave for college, these were the questions on our minds:

Are microwaves allowed in the dorm?

How much time will we have to move her in?

What in Gods name is a bed topper?

Last month, as we logged onto a pre-college orientation for our son, here’s what parents asked:

How will you enforce mask-wearing for 40,000 students?

What if my child’s roommate does not believe in COVID?

How will students get to the hospital if needed?

What will you say to students who WILL get COVID?

An hour later, my husband and I shut our laptop and stared at each other. Until that moment, we backed our son’s choice, resting our faith in the school’s plan.

Now we had only one question left: what where we thinking? And were we insane?

Thousands of

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Moving in for college, with the fall semester in doubt

MILWAUKEE — Laurie and Scott Dubin, along with their daughter Lindsay, stood outside a rented RV recently with a heap of luggage.

They were about to start the 2,000-mile drive from the San Francisco Bay Area to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where Lindsay would start her freshman year at her dream school in the middle of a pandemic.

“I hope school isn’t canceled from Saturday until then,” Laurie Dubin had said earlier that week.

Classes are scheduled to start Sept. 2. Her fear was more than a mother’s intuition. Three days into their road trip, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill canceled in-person classes. On the fourth day, Michigan State and Notre Dame also backed off plans.

“We are in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and I’m getting very nervous,” she texted Aug. 18.

Across the country, college students and their families are weighing the risk of contracting the virus 

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We Love These Inexpensive, Fun Bikes for College

Photo credit: Staff
Photo credit: Staff

From Bicycling

Unless you have a legit reason to bring a car with you to school, chances are good the only vehicle you need at college this year is a bicycle. Many campuses are all-inclusive or close to downtown, meaning everything you need access to is within walking—and riding—distance. After all, having a car means finding parking, paying for gas, and maybe even using it late night when it might not be the best idea. Plus, many colleges don’t allow first-year students to keep a car on campus, anyway. So there’s that. We rounded up 10 affordable and reliable bikes to help you cut travel time between classes, run errands faster, and maybe even meet new friends—all while keeping the dreaded freshman 15 at bay.

Check out quick info below of five of the top performers, then scroll deeper for more in-depth reviews of these and other

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