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Quarantine on a College Campus

Quarantine on a College Campus

Update: 2020-09-1632


This episode contains strong language.

Infected with the coronavirus and separated from their peers in special dorms, some college students have taken to sharing their quarantine experiences on TikTok.

In some videos posted to the social media app, food is a source of discontent; one student filmed a disappointing breakfast — warm grape juice, an unripe orange, a “mystery” vegan muffin and an oat bar. Others broach more profound issues like missed deliveries of food and supplie.

It was within this TikTok community that Natasha Singer, our business technology reporter, found 19-year-old Zoie Terry, a sophomore at the University of Alabama, who was one of the first students to be sequestered at her college’s isolation facility.

Today, we speak to Ms. Terry about her experience and explore what it tells us about the reopening of colleges. 

Guest: Natasha Singer, a technology reporter for The New York Times, spoke with Zoie Terry, a sophomore at the University of Alabama. 

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Comments (11)

Chelsea Summers

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Sep 17th

Alex Mercedes

So.... When did journalists decide that "so" must be the first word of every other sentence or paragraph? it's an annoying way of speaking. just as nerve-wracking as lifting the voice at the end of the line, turning declaratives into questions. (that fad seems to be disappearing). please stop it.

Sep 17th
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Jordan Smith

privileged kids bitching about warm juice. the world is fucked up right now. you're a kid in college, it's probably not that bad. get food delivered, learn to feed yourselves. is anyone else of EVERYTHING being a travesty?

Sep 16th
Reply (1)

Ciara G

"I want to be Tik Tok famous!" seriously....

Sep 16th

Klaus Mikaelson

Is there any way to get the transcripts?

Sep 16th








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Quarantine on a College Campus

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