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Communal living spaces and a younger population may be a contributing factor to new surges in COVID-19 cases on college campuses.

USA TODAY

LAFAYETTE, La. – It’s a hard time to be in college. It’s never easy, of course, as a major life transition into a new social setting on top of the actual school work.

But this year is proving to be especially difficult, with a pandemic and multiple hurricanes impacting classes, student activities, people’s jobs and their health.

“So during January everything was fine; I really enjoyed going to school,” said Jordyn Ratliff, 19, a sophomore chemistry