As finals loom, Class of 2021 feeling 'kinda normal, kinda not'
The days and weeks leading up to final exams are generally a time of distress for college students. But this semester, amid the COVID-19 and remote instruction, some students are finding the more-familiar, time-consuming stress to be comforting.
trying to think like, really, nothing happens. E don't know. School, work, work, school. I'm starting to get used to just, you know, the flow of things. What has changed for you in the past month off the top of my head, like know nothings really changed. But I'm sure, like banks have happened. You know, obviously the election and things happen. It's just like every day is so redundant and it feels the same. So it's just like every day is just a day. I don't know. I just feel like a bunch of stuff has happened. My birthday was this past week. We had Halloween finals are approaching, so I just think like a lot of stuff is kind of wrapping up. Not much has changed as far as the flow where the workload is just kind of pushing through. We're getting toward the end of semester, so that's like, Ah, whole different thing. But yeah, I don't really feel like anything's like worse. Um, it doesn't feel like life is going by without us anymore. It's sort of feels back to normal now. You sort of forget what things were before it. Finals are coming up and So it's less of, you know, feeling like you're missing out on going out and seeing people because everyone's busy. And so it's a lot more study sessions and we're all just sitting in our apartments doing work. So I think that has also contributed Thio this feeling of normalcy, since if it were a normal semester, we would sort of be the same rhythm. There's definitely a significant amount of work to do in a short amount of time because I am busy and now I kind of wake up and I make a list of things to Dio, and I actually feel so much more comfortable doing work in my apartment. It's just like any other year. Just this year is a lot more at home, just cranking out papers. That's really it. Like I've just had so many papers, right, and it's just like right I love writing, so it's gonna be like a little bit more screen time, but it's not like unbearable. I'm definitely feeling a little bit overwhelmed, but I just keep thinking to myself like it'll be over by Thanksgiving, so you just gotta push through E. The election has been a lot But it's a stressful time no matter where you stand. Like America is like a piece of Plato right now. Like it z kind of hard for it not to have impacted you in some way. I feel like I'm still like, I don't know, maybe like a little in shock and it still hasn't really registered that it happened For the past couple of weeks, I've definitely been in like a mental drought, but now I feel like I've kind of come out of that and also the years coming to it in. So I feel like there's just like a bunch of stuff that's like on the horizon, like I think everything's gonna work out in one way or another like it might not work out the way that you think it well, but it's gonna work out. So I guess that's just always too optimistic. Like the days will continue. You just kind of go with the flow everyday sort of the same, but you make the best of it. Recently, I've just been so focused on getting things done. It's the end of the semester because we're motivated. Thio wrap up. It doesn't feel like classes just sitting through a zoom lecture anymore. It it feels a little more like active learning, even though it hasn't changed that much. Being like a senior during club, it is a little bit sad in a different way. It feels like we've graduated. I do experience. This semester has been different, but it's been okay. E will say It's probably changed me for the better, just in terms of being adaptive thio, unfamiliar situations. E It's on the grand scheme of things like this is such a small period. I'm like like the timeline. So like, that's what I try to remember Definitely gonna have a feeling of, like freedom and liberation after this semester is over. Just not having to be stuck behind a computer screen for a certain amount of amount of hours a day, so it will definitely be nice. I have that feeling