UCF’s competitive admissions cycle is enough stress for an 18-year-old, but with an added global pandemic, some incoming freshmen are concerned about how this will impact their lives as future Knights.
Amy Olinsky, an 18-year-old Orlando resident planning to study criminal justice, expressed her worries about UCF’s undetermined plan for her first semester in college.
“Everything is still so uncertain. I don’t know if I am going to be taking classes in person, or if my orientation is even happening,” Olinsky said.
With undergraduate admissions, the possible threat of orientation moving online, and Scholars Day being canceled — according to an email sent by UCF — Olinsky said that she’d feel as if she’d miss an opportunity to connect with new people and make friends.
Similarly, Olivia Solomon, an 18-year-old Miami resident planning to study journalism, said she would be disheartened if incoming freshmen events continued to get canceled at a gradual pace.
“I am supposed to meet my new roommates at orientation for the first time," Solomon said. "I am definitely looking forward to that, but no one knows what is going to happen."
UCF Media Relations Coordinator Rachel Williams said no determination has been made about freshmen orientation yet.
“Conversations are happening at UCF and at the state levels regarding orientations and other future events, and we will share more information on those decisions as they are made,” Williams said in an email.
On the other hand, Kellen Danielsen, an 18-year-old from Kansas City, Missouri, said that if orientation moved online, that would make things a little easier for him.
“If orientation was moved online, it wouldn’t bother me that much. I mean, that is just one less flight I’ll have to take,” Danielsen said.
Danielsen also said he was disappointed they cancelled Scholars Day. He said he's supposed to start college in August to study engineering, but if classes remain online then he will probably stay home in Missouri despite wanting to move to Orlando.
“I’ve seen that colleges were the first to respond to this outbreak in terms of shutting down and sending kids home," Solomon said. "Businesses, companies and even the state were slower to respond than most big universities.
All three incoming freshman said that UCF is handling the situation well and keeping them informed and up to date on any changes being made. Incoming freshman can visit UCF’s coronavirus update webpage to stay informed.