ODESSA, Texas (ABC Big 2/FOX 24) – The pandemic has drastically changed students’ experience everywhere including UT Permian Basin, now the university has announced its plan for the fall semester.
UTPB said it’s optimistic that by this fall it can be able to return to a pre-COVID-19 experience and students are looking forward to it.
“All the activities that usually happen at the university in a normal year without COVID were almost all canceled,” said Mateo Vasco. a student at UTPB. “I hope that for next semester we will be able to participate in more activities with more people with all the university community.”
UTPB President Dr. Sandra Woodely said with COVID-19 vaccinations and lower hospital rates in our area, students should be able to return to more in-person classes and activities this fall.
“For the group of students who want to be on campus with the campus life and the athletics and all of the things that go along with that, we’re gonna be back for those students,” Woodley said. “I think that’s what they need, and we’re excited to offer that option for them.”
Jaykumar Patel said he’s glad school will be back to some sort of normal.
“I think that it’s good news that the university is opening back up to big in more in-person classes and just kind of understanding students like me,” Patel said. ” It’s hard to deal with online.”
But other students like Miguel Camarena is hoping his classmates remain cautious.
“I would like there to be some kind of protection against it,” Camarena said. “We’re being vaccinated but maybe we should keep masks a little longer just to be safe.”
While UTPB is keeping its safety protocols in place, Dr. Woodley said she’s excited for what’s to come.
“We’re going to be as close to normal as any other institution possibly can,” Woodley said. “We think it’s going to be a nice opportunity to ease back into a situation that we are all comfortable with.”
For more information in UTPB’s plans for the Fall 2021 semester head to their website.