The coronavirus pandemic has stopped the fun of spontaneous parties and left them disappointed after hoping to live the best years of their lives.
But after a year of spending most of their time in front of a screen in their student experience, many students have said they finally get a taste of normalcy with relaxed lock restrictions.
And Kieran Burt, a third year student at Nottingham Trent University, said it was much better to be a student now.
“I’ve been back to clubs, and not just clubs, other events as well, or sitting in cafes or pubs or whatever, that I couldn’t have done last year,” he said. he declares.
“I saw friends and then I walked into speakers.”
But it was strange getting back to the rhythm of what, before the pandemic, was normal college life.
The 21-year-old, from Radford, added: “At first it took a bit of getting used to, yes.
“But now that we’ve been back for a few weeks, it feels a lot more normal.”
In retrospect, Mr Burt said he took his social life for granted and decided to make the most of his student experience with the Return of Freedoms.
He added: “I missed activities that I would have otherwise done as a student.
“So in a way, something is missing, and I want to make up for it.
“I guess that’s part of why I’m applying for a master’s degree.
“Part of my reasoning was that I wasn’t able to fully enjoy being a student.”
Last month, the city was bustling with activity as freshmen made the most of their Freshers’ Week.
But it wasn’t just the vibrant nightlife that the students missed.
Lauren McGaun, who is in her third year studying Politics and American Studies at the University of Nottingham, added: “Last year I went home in December and didn’t come back.
“It’s a big difference if I also see a lot of the friends in person.
“But again, it hasn’t completely returned to normal.
“We always wear face masks at conferences.
“But overall I would say it’s a lot better than before, also in terms of mental health.”
The 20-year-old, who lives in Beeston, added: “During the pandemic, I found out that a lot of people fell out with their roommates and, because you don’t meet people, you can’t find d ‘alternative.”
Rucsandra Moldoveanu, an international journalism student at Nottingham Trent University, said she could “have the best years” of her life and can’t wait to return to campus.
Now in her sophomore year, the 20-year-old added: “I really feel more like a student this year than I was last year.
“I don’t think I really felt like a student last year if I’m being honest.
“Now the majority of my conferences and seminars are in person, but last year we hardly ever attended.
“In fact, seeing my classmates and lecturers face to face and not through a screen is really nice and it’s definitely more engaging.
“There is also the nightlife aspect of course which is now back to normal.
“It’s amazing to be able to go out and meet people.”
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