Reflecting on the end of Term 1: 2020 Version
I hope you are well and managed to arrive safely at your Winter Break destinations! Today I wanted to reflect on the end of Term 1. It’s certainly been different!
After spending the summer being extra careful due to being in the ‘vulnerable category’, I was very excited to return to university even if it was only part time. Although I expected nothing less, I was amazed to see the lengths that my department had gone to to make things safe. At no point when I was in the department did I feel unsafe or more at risk. My time enjoying face to face teaching didn’t last long though. Unfortunately, when we went into Lockdown 2, I had to make the tough decision to move all of my learning online. It was a decision that I really didn’t want to have to make, but I knew that it was best for my safety.
So, I finished the rest of the term online. Although I don’t think my education has suffered at all because of online learning, I have definitely felt more drained. I don’t know whether it’s because I’ve been doing a lot more staring at screens but my brain has been fried at the end of every session. However, not having to travel to university has left me with a lot more time in the day to get things done. It’s all swings and roundabouts I guess!
Speaking of having more time, I’ve noticed that I’ve had more time to complete my assignments which has made the process less stressful. This has been really helpful considering that the assignment for my core module was a 5000 word essay! It also meant that when I had a minor disaster with a charging cable 3 days before the essay was due, I still had time to finish and didn’t need an extension.
Obviously, all of the staff that made this term possible deserve heaps of praise. I won’t go into that here because I’ve written about how much thanks they deserve in one of my previous blog post and I’ve also written them an email. I’m pretty sure that they know how much I appreciate them!
This term has certainly been a strange one, but I’ve enjoyed it all the same. I hope that next year brings with it a greater sense of normality and allows us to be together at the university again. What have your experiences of Term 1 been like? Let me know below. I hope that you all manage to stay safe over the Winter Break- Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!