2020 Louisiana Next: Your Guide to Life After High School

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A global pandemic has changed the way we live, work and learn ... and young people are adjusting to a ‘new normal’ Social distancing is encouraged among students to maximize safety.

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ell, 2020 certainly didn’t turn out as anyone expected. It has been a year full of ups and downs, especially for high school grads who last spring were making plans for graduation parties and ceremonies, only to have them suddenly canceled. School—and specifically, learning—has completely changed, at least for now. Despite their best intentions, colleges and universities continue to struggle with coronavirus outbreaks, which means classes have gone from in-person to remote and sometimes a hybrid of both. On campus, students are expected to wear masks, practice social distancing, and refrain from gathering in large groups. In-person classes are smaller, and most classes are taught online. It’s still possible to make new friends and create a social life, but options are limited so you’ll have to be creative. The college experience, at least for now, is not what anyone had in mind. But there is good news! Scientists are hard at work developing a vaccine, and the more we follow safety guidelines, the sooner that college—and life—can get back to normal. So be smart, do your part, and hopefully, by the time you’re ready to walk across the stage and receive your diploma, the road to college will be a lot smoother and brighter.

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