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How has college been different for you during Covid?

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Brian’s Answer

Hasn't been at all different here. I was attending school in person in California but recently moved to Michigan and they do not have campuses in this state so all of my learning has been remote for the past couple of years as it is.
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Samantha’s Answer

With Covid I am now completely online when it comes to school, as most are. I have recently moved across sates and back in with my parents until I am able to find a place in my home state to live and work. I have never been home with my parents and doing school like I am now. It is honestly very stressful because they are home as well. I have also found it is harder for me to focus on things at home when it comes to school than it normally was. It would be different if I was really only writing a paper or doing some type of homework online but now with everything being online I think I have lost some motivation.
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Rhushabh’s Answer

My sister completed her complete master's program during the COVID timeframe with the University of Washington vs me completing it a couple of years ago with the University of Texas A&M.
Her experience was completely different.
All her classes were remote except the first day of her first semester.
Examinations were take home mostly.
The interactions were remote, so the remote tools were extensively used.

She learned nearly as much as in a general year, but the in-person interactions & networking are something that was missing.

Also not being able to use the university resources is somewhat a drawback if you are that type of a person.
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Celeste’s Answer

College with COVID-19 is challenging. The reason I say that is because mentally you are concerned about learning and applying the material, you also have scare of the pandemic in the back of your mind. Many students have felt trapped, as we all as some professors being completely online and you nor they have a face to the name. This process can be challenging if you want to build a professional relationship with your professor. A lot of new students are learning that they are teaching themselves until they are face to face. This is not only challenging within itself, but it takes a lot of time management. Starting college remote or in person you practice a lot of self discipline. This skill will benefit you if you try earlier than later.

In my experience I find myself teaching the material to myself as well as to other students. I am fortunate enough to be able to use different platforms such as TedTalks, Youtube, and Chegg. I keep a daily planner of all of my assignments and meetings that I have during the week and update it daily and by daily I mean hourly. It does take time to get use to, but reach out for help! Some professors really look forward to office hours when students drop by.
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Brandon’s Answer

College life for me, being in my senior year, has been rough. Before the pandemic I was actually preparing to do some extra curricular activities at the college which would be the first for me. I am a very introverted person so even attempting to do something on that scale was pushing away my comfort zone. Then when Covid happened my college and personal life went in a downward spiral. My college prioritizes in learning from other people and the cultures that they came from. With Covid-19 everything transitioned online which made interacting with others that much more difficult. It is hard to motivate myself everyday because it felt like I wasn't progressing anywhere. In a proper in class session I was able to notice my own progression with the material. With the online classes, I do not feel like I'm actually learning anything, its more like doing the work then once that class is over the knowledge disappears. Some professors are decent at helping students out, but there are some that don't seem like they want to help. For me personally, Covid-19 has made my college life feel terrible.
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Caroline’s Answer

It was hard at times. I will say it’s different for everyone especially people coming to college now and during the peak of the pandemic. When Covid started and I was in college I already had a core group of friends to rely on. It’s definitely harder to meet people during a pandemic when people are scared of the possibility of getting Covid. I think some advice I would give is to join a club, Greek organization, academic group, or other community around campus to facilitate meeting people in a safe environment. Also, look into the organizations that are having virtual activities to meet people. Beyond this, talk with your family friends from home and reach out to the student services organizations if you need help.
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