Students Express How They Feel About Pandemic and School

By Endeja Carter

As COVID-19 is as yet present around the nation students actually battle with returning to class and going to classes face to face while the remainder of the country is still rehearsing isolation and social distancing while not being around others. The concern of returning to virtual learning and being back where they began last March is as yet a concern for students and the semester. 

After speaking with a few students on campus at WPU  to learn what school will look like for them this fall, they shared their personal experiences with remote learning and how they feel about going back to school in the middle of a pandemic.

Missing everything about school, Maranda Sterling began her senior year of college at William Peace University after transferring from Wake Take two years ago she a liberal studies major. 

After receiving some mixed messages over the summer about the status of school reopening, Maranda recently learned that her school’s campus decided to open for the fall semester. She ended up going virtual to attend remote classes for the semester. And like many college students, she is trying to stay motivated, and also missing out on the college experiences bothers her but feels like things are better for her this way.

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“College has been a safe space where I’m the most comfortable. I would be so much happier if I was there in person. I had confidence in my routine, and I was always by friends who made me feel excited to start the day. With online learning, I just carry on about my day with no excitement or any emotion,” said Maranda Sterling a WPU senior.

After talking to Maranda it sounded like the hardest part about attending college remotely is maintaining a routine and motivation. However, with online learning, there is a lot more flexibility with her schedule since she can complete assignments on her own time. 

Students shared that most of their professors are honoring mental health, and are more understanding of other things that could interfere with their work.

Adapting to a new normal, Zekia Randle is a senior at William Peace University where she is currently attending in-person classes this fall. She values the face-to-face time with friends, she knows online learning is safer but doesn’t mind being on campus because of all the safety precautions WPU has taken to make being on campus safer.

“I think I’ve gained skills with handling procrastination and sticking to a schedule, which has caused me to be more organized this fall. The hardest part of online learning is staying interested and motivated. Without sticking to a schedule, I easily fall into a cycle of procrastination and feeling down, so I’m happy that I am on campus because it gives me the urge to push myself to get things done and stay on top of my responsibilities,” said Zekia Randle WPU senior.

After listening to students discuss the way they feel about being online versus in person it is a difference. Everyone has different opinions and opportunities about the transition to online rather than in person. However, it seems that everyone seems to cope differently with these transitions. One day things will be better and everyone will have stories to share based on their experiences.

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