What is it like to be a student during Covid-19?

Students do not seem to be anyone’s favourite type person right now, that being said when are they ever? I’d like to think we would be praising students, particularly first years, for pushing on with their next step in education, for not allowing Covid-19 to destroy their dreams and ambitions, and most importantly, for putting up with the amount of grief given to them by the government. I say them, but I myself have just begun my university journey this September. Apparently, it is meant to be the “best years of my life”, although I’m yet to experience this glorified rite of passage for myself, particularly not from my dining room table on a computer. That being said, I am enjoying my independence of student life, making new friends where possible and making the best out of a less than ideal situation. However, I can’t help but notice recently the vast amount of ongoing disapproval towards students returning to university, even though many of these young adults did not have a choice in the matter due to being more than a year into their course. Surely, we should be praising the younger generations for their determination in proceeding to achieve in higher education despite the vast number of barriers in their way? After all, isn’t it this generation who will be paying for the countries Coronavirus debt in the years to come? I think it is important not to forget young adults in 2020 are a generation carrying the blame for only the minority’s mistakes – it is such a shame to tar every young person with the same brush! No one deserves blame in this situation, but instead, recognition for kindness, for perseverance and for bravery in their actions during such a challenging time.

Currently, I am in the process of organising my teacher training placement that I am to undergo in less than two weeks. In the BA1 group, around only half of us have been able to actually gain a placement, a sorry state of which I am truly grateful I am not a part of. I have fallen very lucky with the circumstances given to me, and truly feel for those of whom are yet to find out whether they have a school place. That being said, even students who have been granted a place at an institution are still attempting to navigate the precautions put in place to prevent the spread of Covid, and so this could perhaps mean the whole 5 weeks being all online for some. Remote learning of course can be very effective if done properly, but I know some of my peers have expressed their disappointment for the lack of opportunities to collect the research we need for our assignments. 

Each and every person holds very different circumstances during these very strange times, and so it is paramount that we remember to be kind to others, as we do not know what they face behind closed doors. Parents are wanting their kids back at school for a proper education, whilst schools are wanting to protect their staff and feel it safer if children are educated at home. NHS staff plead with citizens to stay at home, yet meeting that one person outside could potentially prevent a person from falling into a poor period of mental health. Carers want to care for the elderly and vulnerable, yet in doing so they never know what they could take to them… everything is if’s and but’s. So this is why we need to be kind, no matter what walk of life you come from.

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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