Uni in a pandemic: a check-in.
It’s Saturday; week 4 has just passed us by, and we are essentially almost at the halfway mark for this term. This strange, weird and stressful term of university that we’ve been having.
To say that it has been a hell of an year would be a gross understatement. For many, it has simply been hell; working on the frontline, losing loved ones, being inflicted with the virus or job losses, the list goes on endlessly. Nonetheless, we must continue; there’s that little bit of stubborn human perseverance which shouts at us, saying “GO ON THEN! YOU HAVE TO KEEP LIVING!” And so we do. Keep on living.
For me, it has been stressful to the max. The number of times I have almost missed a live lecture or forgotten to watch the pre-recorded lectures or forgotten (almost) to log in to an online seminar is not even funny. My eyes are so confused; they’re being subjected to the stress of a FRIENDS binge-watching session, but the only comedy that they get to watch out is my comical attempts to finish two hours’ worth of lectures in 45 minutes. (In my humble opinion, they weren’t really that funny, in case you’re wondering.) It was really a moment of pride when I had managed to fit everything I had to do for week 4 in the duration of the week, without imposing unnecessary stress on myself to finish a week’s work over the weekend (not fun).
Couple that with the flurry of society work. It is amazingly hard to make a student society work in a pandemic, when the social element of interacting with members of your society is kinda cut out of the picture. Shoutout to all the amazing people in their amazing societies; you guys are really trying your level best to help students (new and old) live out their uni experience, and the value of that can’t really be put into words.
When you’re heading a society revolving around hummus (the ULTIMATE social food), it’s hard to make things work. My team has been amazing in pitching ideas for engagement which have great potential, even though the pandemic makes sharing a pot of hummus a pipe dream more than anything else. (Cheeky plug: check out the society here, and sign up for membership! It’s free!)
A key aspect of university life is the friends you make, and the memories you make with them; an aspect that has, essentially, gone for a toss. I am fortunate enough to have close friends who I can still meet (under the Rule of 6 guidelines) and make memories with. Thanking my stars for that.
All in all, Term 1 of my final year, till now, has been nothing short of a rollercoaster ride. However, I think we’re through the loops and twists and speeding curves, and we’re beginning to get a grip on our own trajectory. My only hope is that it’s all uphill from here.
How has university been for you? Share with me in the comments below!