Young artists reflect on their first semester of college during COVID-19

A first-generation college student, Natalie Aronno chose to study dance at UC Irvine, a school close to her home in South Gate, because her tuition would be fully covered by federal aid. Aronno recently wrapped up the fall quarter from home, where all her classes were held over Zoom. … “I ended up enjoying those a lot more than I expected, because the teachers really did pay attention to us, commenting on our technique, correcting us and really helping us grow,” she said.