Adjusting to COVID: Small “Wins”

Hey Tigers! We did it! We finished the semester! Although the switch to virtual learning was difficult, coronavirus couldn’t stop us from finishing strong. Also, congratulations to the Class of 2020, you will be missed! We asked a few students of various majors and grades how they handled the virtual transition for the remainder of the semester. There were a lot of changes in routine or scheduling, but each person was able to find a “win” out of this experience.

Payton Woodruff (Freshman)

Since the announcement of classes remaining remote for the remainder of the school year due to COVID-19, students and instructors all took a quick turn to adjust content and classes virtually. There have been many difficulties during this transition, but also many ways in which the Mizzou community’s resiliency has shown. Personally, it has been very difficult to juggle school work with the added stresses of being online. You can only do so much on Zoom when it comes to classes that count on participation and collaboration. Zoom works but, face to face interactions are the most effective way to have classes. On the other hand, many of my professors have been very understanding and helpful during this time, keeping their doors (metaphorically of course) open for questions and for an outlet to talk about the crazy things happening in the world. After all, we are all experiencing this change and everyone is having to deal with some sort of shift to their daily routines. I have come to realize how much I appreciate being able to see my professors and my friends every day on campus and how much I value being able to learn in person and the atmosphere of being on campus.

Courtney Smith (Sophomore)

Adjusting to life during quarantine has definitely been trying at times. At first, I was excited to have a bit more free time to work on my assignments and maybe get some more sleep. I do the same thing everyday: Sleep late, watch TV for a few hours, make some food, and do homework until 2-3 o’clock in the morning. I initially struggled with taking care of myself and maintaining my energy. So I’ve made some adjustments to take care of myself, I’m trying to set my own due dates, make myself do four things a day, whether it be go on a walk or work on ‘x’ assignment. I’ve been working on my sleep schedule. I try to implement some self care into my routine everyday, that way I’m taking care of myself in addition to my academics. I honestly can’t wait to return back to campus and regain a sense of normalcy. I can’t say I’m looking forward to taking more classes online this summer, but I know that in the long run it’ll help me out. I hope that everyone is staying healthy and finding ways to take care of yourselves… keep your heads up!