MADISON, Wis. (AP) — University of Wisconsin System campuses are wrapping up their first full semester amid the COVID-19 pandemic. It's been anything but normal, and for some first-year students, finding a sense of community on campus has been hampered by heavy restrictions on social gatherings. Mental health experts say that isolation is a problem and has contributed to a myriad of anxieties faced by students.
Mackenzie Miner moved three hours from her hometown of Oconomowoc to the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in late August. At the time, she told WPR she wasn't worried about the university closing due to outbreaks of COVID-19.