April 16, 2020

Did you change your spring break plans because of the virus? From what to what?

My family and I usually travel to Corpus Christi to vacation with our family, but it changed to staying home and working.

How did you feel when you were informed the remainder of the semester would be held online?

Disappointed, for sure. Part of what made my college experience so enjoyable was the one-on-one talks with each of my professors, including the hands-on help that’s abundant in my major. Without that direct assistance, it feels really empty being alone at my computer.

Where will you be living while courses are held online? Is this a change from usual?

Thankfully, I’m living with my parents. Until I graduate, they’re my home in the summer.

What has been your experience with moving classes online? What’s good? What’s not so good?

I think worrying about being late for class just doesn’t exist anymore since I’m just a log in away from making class, which is definitely a plus. My main problem is losing the aforementioned direct, hands-on help I’d get from being in a physical classroom. I also miss being able to socialize with my classmates and hang out for dinner.

How has the virus (and the precautions taken to prevent it spreading) impacted your daily life?

It’s really only affected how I limit myself from social situations. My mom and I still like to go to our local park to walk, (while maintaining social distancing), but the main takeaway is the lack of meeting up with friends or going out to eat.

How worried are you about getting the virus?

Somewhat worried: My mom is forced to go out to work, but she does mostly office work and takes every precaution to keep healthy. Still, the risk of her getting infected and spreading it to our household is there, if minimal.

Do you know anyone who has gotten COVID-19?

Thankfully, no.

Are you staying in? What are you doing to pass the time?

I stay in and I mostly pass the time by playing video games or talking with my online friends via Discord.

Are you going out? Where do you go and what is it like?

I only really go out to walk around my neighborhood or to get groceries. The walks are pretty peaceful, but the trip to the grocery store can be disheartening with all the people having to keep masks on, keeping their distance, or seeing the occasional hoarder.

What is giving you hope and/or strength right now?

My friends and parents: They’re keeping a positive attitude through desperate times and doing their best to tighten our relationships.

Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about what you’re feeling or experiencing right now?

I get really tired really easily.