Being A Student During Covid-19
The challenges that this pandemic creates for everyone, but in particular students, around the world have been difficult to express. As a student, the force of making my home a classroom was depressing.
Are you familiar with the quote: “There is no place like home?” Well, my home is my sanctuary - where I am free from the outside world. However, that changed rapidly in March of 2020 when Covid-19 officially became a national emergency.
The act of recreating my living room – where I sat to laugh, binge watch Grey's Anatomy, eat, and relax— into a study and work space was difficult. It quickly became a space of discomfort and stress. The force of replacing my couch with a desk chair, my coffee table to a work desk, and my entertainment center into a printer and file cabinet, was a struggle that was difficult to escape. I felt like Covid-19 stripped away my experience of being a student, which is the experience I’ve had for the majority of my life.
This change has been a curse to my academic progress. But students like myself have mixed feelings about the transition.
For example. My classmate, Khadijah Tucker, stated that "being a student during a pandemic has been difficult, but it's been a learning experience. I've had to learn how to study, maintain the information, and take exams while being home with my family." While
On the other hand, my friend and fellow law student, Ke’dazia Barber, said that “to be a student during Covid-19 means to be a student who can quickly adapt. It has been challenging yet eye-opening to adapt to an environment that may be the norm for a while."
And still, fellow Journey to Esquire students, Breanna Coleman noted that “being a student during Covid-19 had been a representation of susceptibility to change. Transitioning online as a student has prepared us for life as an attorney in an ever-changing society. It has forced me, personally, to be comfortable being uncomfortable and still succeed."
Do you feel the same? What are your feeling about being a student during Covid-19? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow us on Social Media @JourneytoEsquire on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and LinkedIn.
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Joseline J. Hardrick is the Founder and President of Diversity Access Pipeline, Inc. She is also an author, professor, and lawyer and resides in Tampa Bay, Florida. Guest bloggers are students in the Journey to Esquire® Scholarship & Leadership Program.