Op-Ed: Having Covid-19 as a Student

Op-Ed: Having Covid-19 as a Student

Haley Wyman, Arts & Culture editor

As we learn more about Covid-19, regulations and guidelines have changed. Last year, BMU students had the option to do remote or in-person learning. If you were remote, you showed up for class over Zoom, but this year that’s not an option. Some students have decided to do homeschooling/online courses, but if you aren’t doing that you have to be at school in person.

Without the Zoom option this year, keeping up with your academics can be difficult if you get Covid-19 or have any other sickness.  When I was out of school recently, teachers sent as much work as they could online; however,  there are several reasons why that wasn’t enough to keep me caught up. Oftentimes the work was about something that I  wasn’t in class to learn, so even though I had the work, it didn’t make much sense. Without Zoom, I couldn’t join class and learn what everyone else was learning. I would email the teacher and ask questions, but there was no guarantee they would help, answer right away, or even answer at all. When I had Covid-19,  Google and email became my best friend.

Even when I understood the work, Covid-19 made me feel exhausted, so finding the motivation to do work wasn’t easy. I just wanted to lie down all day and sleep the sickness away. There was also a lot of work I couldn’t do until I went back to school, so it was really important to do what I could at home. If I hadn’t done the work while I was sick, it would have all piled up when I returned, and I didn’t want that either.

Now I’m back at school. Not only do I have to catch up on work, I have to catch up on learning. I’m whole sections behind, and I have to work twice as hard to catch up and memorize things. To make matters worse, midterms are coming up, so I need to catch up to pass. It’s not impossible to get caught up after Covid-19, but it’s definitely not easy.