Roommates Maura Kranz (left) and Caitlin Doughton (right) in their dorm room.
SCRANTON, Pa – September 20, 2020
The University welcomed students to campus this fall, but there are limitations on how they gather outside of the classroom.
Scranton usually offers a wide variety of activities, clubs and events for students to take part in, but most of these have gone virtual to help stop the spread of COVID-19 on campus.
First-year students use these events to meet new people and make friends. Since these activities are virtual, first-year students are utilizing non-traditional ways to create friendships at Scranton.
Caitlin Doughton is a first-year student at Scranton. Doughton said she felt a little blind coming into her first year at the University but has managed to find ways to socialize and make connections with others on campus. Doughton loves nature and said that she enjoys going outside to spend some time out of her dorm room.
“I find it extremely beneficial to escape to the library or make a spontaneous stop at a picnic table on campus,” Doughton said.
Doughton said she also spends time outside with her friends exploring the surrounding area.
“My friends and I love hiking through Nay-Aug Park, strolling through campus and even doing our school work on the Dionne Green,” Doughton said.
Though the social scene is not as large as it usually is, Doughton said she has grown closer with her roommate, Maura Kranz, from the extended time they spend in their rooms.