Life of a College Student Amidst the Covid-19 Pandemic

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Life of a College Student Amidst the Covid-19 Pandemic

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Well, my university and essentially all schools sent everyone home in March or April 2020. We endured online classes for the remaining weeks in the semester — everything and everyone was disorganized and struggled adapting to this new form of instruction. But life went on. As the United States went into "lockdown" (which was widely disregarded), those who had the common sense and the ability to shelter in place did so.

When school resumed in the fall, a lot of institutions operated primarily online. My school, however, decided to give students the option of returning to campus. I chose to return to campus and it was unlike anything I had experienced. Out of my eight class meetings that happened on a weekly basis, only one of those took place in a physical classroom. I found myself spending an exorbitant amount of time in my room either studying or simply "quarantining" for the first few weeks. After the initial quarantine period passed, I still didn't have much reason to leave my room other than performing basic tasks like getting food, doing laundry, and attending my one class every week. It was a very odd experience to physically be on campus with a greatly altered campus environment and almost exclusively online classes. I found it much more difficult to work without any in-person discussion. My classes, classmates, and professors seemed so distant and abstract.

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