For students, the light at the end of this long, dark tunnel of a pandemic couldn’t come soon enough.
As of March 19, 100 million doses of vaccines have been administered in the United States, and in every state, at least 10 percent of the population is fully vaccinated. As the world grows more eager to get back to normal, we asked students to tell us what they’re most excited to do once the pandemic is finally behind us.
Here’s what they said:
What is the first thing you’ll do when life is back to ‘normal’?
“See my friends – all of them. Maybe kiss them.”
“Go to a restaurant!”
“It’s so random, but I really want to go to an amusement park. I miss roller coasters.”
“Go to New York.”
“I want to have dinner with a large group of my friends at Thunder Burger in Georgetown once I am able to get back on campus.”
“Hopefully go to a concert or a live sports game.”
“Probably hug the homies.”
“Go to a music concert and travel overseas.”
“Probably not the first thing but go drinking out in public.”
“Concerts! I used to be so anxious having so many people around me, but for some reason I actually crave it now – the adrenaline, the sweaty bodies.”
“Go to a rave (this would have to be normal, normal though).”
“Find a concert. Doesn’t even matter who it is.”
“Visit family members who I haven’t been able to see in a long time, like my grandma.”
What is something small or seemingly mundane that you’re looking forward to being able to do again?
“Keep my dorm door open so I can meet new people.”
“Seeing friends without worrying who they have seen or where they have been.”
“Working out at a gym without a mask. Also, eating inside at a restaurant.”
“Going to sit in a coffee shop and being able to see my friends.”
“I’m excited to pass by random people in museums, the street, Metro, and see their smiles as we acknowledge each other’s presence and then go on to live our separate lives.”
“Go to a movie and spend $20 on a small popcorn plus soda.”
“I am looking forward to going on a walk without wearing a mask.”
“Going to the movie theater.”
“Talking to people face to face without a mask.”
“Buffets or movie theaters!”
“Going to the gym without a mask, getting on public transit without worrying about the pandemic, feeling the sun on my whole face when I’m outside.”
“Smiling at people in public (without a mask).”
“Trying on clothes in a dressing room when shopping.”