Attending college during COVID is very different than a normal year. It is crazy to think that in March, everyone just thought that we were getting a long spring break. Now 8 months later, we are still in the middle of a pandemic.
I for sure did not think that things would escalate the way that they did. When I went home for spring break I figured that I would be back to school like normal soon. Once I found out that classes were going to be online for the rest of the semester, I was surprised. However, I was glad that my school was making students health a priority.
By the time that fall semester rolled around, I was expecting to have classes changed to online. Some classes switched to online, while others remained in-person. I have only one in-person class this semester, but I am fine with that. While, I do not particularly like online classes, I am glad that I do not have to put my health at risk.
Now that we are more than halfway through the fall semester, and COVID is still in full swing, I would say that I am used to attending college during the Coronavirus. There are a lot of things that I have noticed this year that are different than normal years.
Things are different
Obviously, online classes are different. I have taken online classes perviously during summers, so I already knew how online classes worked. That being said, it is still weird to only have to go on campus twice a week for my one in-person class, and have the rest online. I have found that it is much harder to focus in online classes than regular classes, which is something that I am still struggling with.
Another thing that COVID has changed about college is events. Drake holds a lot of events, all of which now have to be online or socially distanced. While I am glad that they are finding ways to still have these events, it is just not the same.
I am on the planning committee for Dogtown After Hours, a large alcohol alternative event that happens at Drake every March. Last year, our event was supposed to happen not long after spring break, so it ended up getting cancelled. We have begun planning for the event this year, but it is much different and more challenging to do so. We have to think of events that can be socially distant, as well as build in time for cleanings. While it is more difficult than usual to plan this event, I an glad that we are still trying our best to make it happen.
Friends make it better
The thing that has been changed the most because of COVID is hanging out with friends. I am very lucky that my three best friends are my roommates, so we still get to hang out all the time, but it is still different. I miss being able to go to a restaurant with my friends, or go to the mall, or do anything that is not in our apartment or outside. We have been trying to come up with fun things to do in our apartment or outside, but it is getting hard to come up with new ideas all the time.
Recently, my roommates and I went to Center Grove Orchard which was lots of fun. It was very crowded so we just had to be careful to keep our distance from people. I am so glad that we went because it was lots of fun. With winter and cold weather fast approaching, I am trying to think of more indoor activities that will keep my friends and I entertained.