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Iyana Jones-Reese, a junior advertising and public relations major, said she plans on watching the new season using services like Zoom with friends and members of her sorority.

“It was kind of nice having the energy of other people around when you’re watching, which sounds kind of stupid and cult-like,” Jones-Reese said with a laugh. “I think it’ll change a lot with things being online, but I’m hoping that we’ll be able to figure out a way to keep the energy up and keep people excited.”

Jones-Reese said she began watching the show when she entered her sorority, Kappa Kappa Gamma. She recalls other members having watch parties every Monday night and wanting to “be in the loop.”

Prior to COVID-19, she said she would host gatherings with food and drinks, acting as a way to catch up with old friends. Now, Jones-Reese said she plans to watch “The Bachelorette” in her apartment, but the entertainment value is still present.

“It’s kind of fun watching people who are ridiculously gorgeous and successful in their own right having troubles in relationships,” Jones-Reese said. “That sounds messed up, but it is nice when you see people going through the same struggles you go through sometimes.”

Taylor Loyd, a sophomore majoring in music and media and journalism, said her methods of watching “The Bachelorette” will be different this season as well.

“My friends and I are really taking the COVID precautions seriously,” she said. “I think trying to make the most of the situation will be nice, hopefully through a cheese board, some ‘Bachelorette’ and cooking some dishes.”