By Carleigh Holt
After spring break of 2020, many things changed across the nation and the Ole Miss campus. New changes from the Chancellor bring a feel of “normal” back on campus. I feel like there will be new normals that have affected each person individually. Personally, I have a different outlook on life and how I can take it for granted after these past two years.
On Tuesday morning I woke up to several emails, but one in particular I have been waiting for for quite some time. The subject line of the email was “COVID-19 Campus Protocol Shifting to Mask Optional.” The last time it was “normal” on campus for me was transferring from Northeast Mississippi Community College in the spring of 2020. Little did I know that my world would change not only being on a new college campus, but also having many other unexpected changes.
I did not expect my next two years at Ole Miss to be mostly online and to have to build relationships over Zoom. Before I came to Ole Miss, I wanted to attend the egg bowl as a student. I did not get to experience a full stadium in Oxford for the egg bowl as a student, and I did not get to experience the Grove at all in my first year. This year has opened my eyes and I saw what Oxford and Ole Miss have to offer.
I am excited to graduate in the Pavilion without a face covering so my makeup does not transfer onto the mask. I am excited to be in class and see my peers’ facial reactions. Although, I may still wear a mask to cover a blemish on my face occasionally. Ole Miss is returning to “normal,” but as I was reminded this weekend at a hospital, COVID-19 will still affect us.