“I haven’t made any new friends in college,” LSU student struggle with social skills during pandemic

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD)- LSU Freshman Nick Beatty was looking forward to a new school year full of meeting new people and social events, but due to the pandemic he feels his social skills are being tested.

“It’s a lot harder to interact with people since most of our classes are over zoom,” Beatty said.

According to the LSU Mental Health Services, the effects of the pandemic has made it difficult for students to socialize comfortably.

Some students may feel anxious socializing in person after months of virtual communication.

“A lot of the connection that we are making now is virtual instead of in person. It stands to reason that it’s going to be a huge adjustment back, right. It was a huge adjustment getting here, it will be a huge adjustment getting back to where we were before the pandemic,” Ramie Thibodeaux, LSU Mental Health Services said.

She wants to encourage students to practice things that makes them feel normal during these unprecedented times.

“If we tend to our physical and mental health and practice all those things we intuitively know are good then those things will return eventually,” Thibodeaux.

Some students say they have the opportunity to socialize, but would rather not take the risk of possibly getting sick.

“Everyone is kind of being cautious and not wanting to get to close to one another,” Brianna Steverson, LSU Junior said. “You don’t want to possibly get them sick.”

Thibodeaux wants to remind those struggling with social anxiety to reach out to the LSU Mental Health Services.

Beatty says he is hopeful to get a social fix soon.

“I am looking forward to a full college experience that we are missing out on this year,” he said.

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