Undergrads hit hard by pandemic navigate disruptions

For TJ Cross, the pandemic interrupted his academic timeline. In fall 2019, during his third year of college, he had transferred to the University of California, Irvine, gotten a job in the chemistry stockroom, and registered for advanced chemistry classes to fulfill the requirements for his major and to prepare for graduate school. But campus closures interrupted his momentum. “It felt like the finish line got pushed just a little bit further,” Cross says.