I haven’t devoted much attention to this category on my website for a while, I think it’s because I’ve been so busy. I enjoyed filling my time with creating articles and content during the first lockdown, and thought it fitting that I must try again in the 2nd.. 3rd.. (whatever you refer to it as) lockdown! As I write this introduction, I am currently laid in bed after a long day at work yesterday – Sundays are usually the only day I have off now, so I like to embrace everything the day has to offer, including waking up at whatever time my body clock chooses.
I wanted to create a publishing this time about students. The ideas below are not only my own, but I have taken the time to speak to others about how they see this very strange situation we have all been thrown into…
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.
I would love to hear how you are experiencing this lockdown, do you think it is harder than the last? Do you have a personal experience to offer from a different perspective? Chat to me below!
Love El xx