Students on the Wayne State University campus prepare for “New Standard” – CBS Detroit


(CBS DETROIT) – After moving into the Wayne State University campus, students get excited as they prepare for their brand new school norm.

Detroit’s Samuel Pickens may be just a few steps from home, but he’s embarking on a long, exciting journey.

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“Very excited, it was a long time, a lot of anticipation, to have many visions and many goals,” said the new WSU newcomer Samuel Pickens.

Like hundreds of other students, Pickens is moving into his dorm, but for this freshman, he’s coming into college at a very special time.

“It’s a bit strange, but that’s all new,” said Pickens.

Strange Pickens says he has to wear a mask indoors while trying to meet new people. Wearing universal masks indoors is required for everyone at the university regardless of vaccination status.

Students and staff must also be vaccinated against COVID, which Pickens said it wasn’t a good match for him initially.

“I kind of had to bite the bullet and say you know what I mean, I have to understand,” Pickens said.

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Other students we spoke to accepted the conditions and requirements of the campus.

“I’m really happy that the school accepts that a bit, because personally I feel much more comfortable when everyone is wearing masks,” said WSU newcomer Asher Comes.

Staff and students are also required to complete a campus screener each day before coming to campus. Visitors must also complete a screener.

It’ll all take getting used to, and Pickens says he’s ready for it.

“Learn the ropes and you will find out and hold out,” Pickens said

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