Donovan Blog #1: Life of a Student During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Duquesne University has done a wonderful job in controlling the COVID-19 virus on our campus while still trying to make this academic year as normal as possible. However, it is important to recognize the many ways in which this virus has impacted the lives of our students. I recognize that the pandemic has impacted every student in its own way, so I can really only speak for myself. This academic year, I have had several classes that were only offered online while I also had the opportunity to attend some classes in person. Personally, I appreciate the opportunity to attend class in-person whenever possible. Of course, the classroom looks different than it would in normal times. Everyone is wearing masks and is seated at least six feet apart. In addition, the numbers are much smaller since students also have the option of virtually attending the class via Zoom. It is funny seeing some of my classmates’ faces up on the projector and interacting with them that way while the rest of us are in the classroom. I like attending my classes in-person because it gives me a sense of normalcy during a time which is anything but normal. I also feel like it is easier to ask my professors questions and get to know them better that way. My professors who have been teaching fully remote classes have done a great job, but I empathize with them when technology doesn’t always work in their favor. Online classes often lead to issues that are out of the professors’ and students’ control. For this internship, I have had the opportunity to meet all of my supervisors via Zoom. This is one of the ways in which I think this technology is great. This virtual meeting allowed me to meet the people I will be working with and I got to see their faces just as I would in an in-person meeting. I don’t feel like the virus will impact my vocational work too drastically since I am the social media intern. It is the perfect time to display creativity and independence through the virtual world during a time where many aspects of life are being conducted through the internet. At the end of the day, the health and safety of our students and faculty is the number one priority at Duquesne University. Although many aspects of our academic and vocational work may look different as a result, these experiences will help us grow as learners.

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