ARTISTIC LICENSE: After Tufts University told students they had to leave last March, art student Rachel Prull converted the barn in the backyard of her parents’ home in Walla Walla, Washington into an art studio. “I was super lucky.” (Photo courtesy of Augusta Sparks Farnum)

Last fall Rachel Prull was reveling in her newfound freedom. A college freshman on the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University, in Medford, Mass., Prull, 19, was dwelling away from home, and embracing all of the privileges that include rising maturity. “I could do the things I wanted on my own time, and not have to tell anyone. That was huge.”

Then, midway by way of her second semester, COVID closed the campus. Prull unwittingly joined the boomerang brigade, the tens of millions of college college students nationwide summarily despatched home to complete faculty on-line. “Being kicked out of student housing with a week’s notice felt deeply traumatic,” she mentioned.

That was not the plan.

Just when they’d gotten a style of having the ability to come and go as they happy, create their very own schedules, and have an grownup room, they had been jolted again to accommodate guidelines, childhood bedrooms, annoying siblings, parental expectations, and fewer privateness.