I hope that you are all doing well and keeping safe. I’m slowly getting used to the fact that I have to stay indoors for the next 12 weeks but that doesn’t make it any easier. The fact that I won’t see any of the people from my department until the Autumn is also depressing. Nevertheless, I’m just grateful that I, along with my loved ones, have good health.
I wanted to write a post about disappointment, for both current and prospective students. In the current climate, disappointment is a very real feeling. Since the cancellation of this years GCSE and A Level exams, I can imagine that many students are feeling as though all of their hard work was a waste of time. It is completely natural to feel this way, I know that I would. But you must remember that even a pandemic can’t invalidate all of the time and effort you have put in over the past months. The fact that you are disappointed shows how much you cared in the first place. Also, the grades you will receive are said to be based on previous assessment and other evidence. So, in reality, the hard work that you think was a waste may turn out to be a lifesaver.
On the subject of current students, I have experienced disappointment first hand. As above, the fact that I won’t see any of my friends or lectures until we return in the Autumn is actually making me quite sad. However, I really feel for the current third years and the second years who are planning to take part in study abroad. The uncertainty of their situations must be so unsettling for them. One of the things that is keeping me going is the thought of how happy everyone will be when we do see each other again. It may not seem like it now, but this situation is only temporary.
I think it’s also important to remember why we are having to do this. The feeling of disappointment is a horrible one, but I’d rather face this than face losing any of my loved ones. I don’t say this to invalidate any feelings you may be experiencing. It is totally acceptable to feel disappointed by the current situation, but I just want you to realise that your social isolation efforts are not in vain.
I hope that any of you out there who are feeling disappointed know that I’m always here if you need to talk. I’m just a message away. Stay safe everyone, I’ll be back with another post soon!