STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - Mississippi State University (MSU) will life its mask mandate in the classroom only if students are fully vaccinated.
Students like Hawa Abdalla are eager to ditch their masks.
“I’m excited to be able to just see faces and kind of just get things back to normal,” she said.
Abdalla is a junior at MSU. She was in her freshman year when the pandemic changed the way she knew college.
The mask mandate brought her challenges, as she is hard of hearing and found it difficult to understand her professors and fellow classmates during class.
State announced by June 2nd, students and employees will no longer need to wear a mask while in the classroom if they have received their coronavirus vaccine.
Senior Meghan Nguyen has been strictly online for a year, so she is excited to have teacher interactions and in-class sessions.
However, with her hiatus from in-person classes, she said she plans to be cautious at first.
“I’m still going to wear a mask," said Nguyen. "I’m going to probably transition out of it. As I get more comfortable with my peers, see how their stances are because everybody’s different on it and I don’t want to overstep my boundaries.”
MSU said they are urging all students and staff to get the vaccine.