Starting University In The Midst Of Covid-19…

If you’d have asked me in junior school “what would you like to be when you grow up?”, the answer would always be “a singer”. Much to my dismay, our economy doesn’t seem to have much prosperity towards dreamers, unless, that is, if you are fortunate enough to be included in the small percentage of the population of whom are seen as insanely talented (i.e. one of my best friends currently smashing her course at dance college). So for now, it seems much more of a practical state of affairs to choose a career based on job opportunities, hence why I’ve opted for teaching course at Sheffield Hallam.

Starting university these last couple weeks has been incredibly… ‘unique’ I think may be the correct description. Obviously I’ve never done the whole ‘university experience’ before, but neither has anyone I really personally know, so it really is all knew to me. Moreover, throwing Covid-19 into the mix doesn’t really seem to help matters when it comes to making new friends and beginning what should be, ‘a new chapter’. Apparently this week is supposed to be “the best week of my life”, though I’m not sure how applicable that statement is for Freshers 2020. However, realistically, it really is not the end of the world. There are bigger problems in this world, and 18 year olds not being able to go on a night out at the start of university doesn’t seem to sit in the top 3 of those.

What about going into university itself?

As of yet, I haven’t been given the opportunity to sit in on my first seminar. I was looking at my timetable the other day, and it looks to me like I may be able to commute into the city next week (unless the rules change, of course). After seeing the new about the students in halls in Glasgow and Manchester, I feel so awful for those who are stuck in isolation with people they have only known for what, a week maybe? I’m excited to meet all the faces I’ve been meeting online in person, but to be honest, in the least pessimistic way possible, I wouldn’t hold my breath on being able to meet up very often at this rate. On the bright side, everyone I’ve spoken with so far on my course seems so lovely!

‘First day’

Get up, get out of bed, eat breakfast and… get back in bed again? Not particularly how I imagined my first day going, but life has a way of throwing curveballs at you, and I’ve come to the realisation that you can either work with them, or try to avoid them forever. I can’t lie, it is pretty sad having both your first day of university, and you last ever day of school taken away from you, not even to mention A-level prom and results day kinda going down the pan so to speak, but everyone seemed to make the best of what they had, and that’s what I liked about what lockdown taught us. 23rd March, a day nobody will ever forget for a long time it seems, but actually, I guess that was the day the world started to slow down again, people enjoyed the simpler things in life, yes, maybe only because they had to, but they still did. Many friends and families, though they were unable to physically see each other in the flesh, were actually brought closer together once they realised how much they actually appreciated each other, and how kind other humans can be.

But back to the online version of a first day. Have you ever seen that episode of Victorious on Nickelodeon (I know you’ve seen it, don’t lie) where Tory and the rest of the group are attempting to finish an assignment via video chat? I, along with thousands of other students, am now living that scenario, and I have to admit it really is not as fun as it looks. However, at least when they tell us to turn cameras off I’m able to “fully engage” in the lesson, you know, whilst I’m scrolling through Instagram…

Love El xx


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Published by Eleanor

Living in England as a teenager, trying to be as positive as I possibly can whilst currently fathoming my way through the first year of an undergraduate deree, holding down 2 part time job as well as spontaneously starting a blog!

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