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Quarantine Interview With an Undergraduate Student

Quarantine Interview With an Undergraduate Student
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Lara Rosales May 26, 2020

Do you wonder what other students may be feeling during quarantine? I interviewed an undergraduate student so he could share his experience with others.

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A few weeks back, I witnessed one of my brother’s online classes and it inspired me to write about the teachers’ hard work. I was able to see how different classes were, how teachers were adapting, and how much students were connecting with the new learning way. It got me thinking about how even if I tried, I could never really explain the situation as perfectly as a present student could. Obviously, I could speak of what I was seeing and could try to relate to them, but it would not be the same. For that reason, I decided to interview my brother and ask him a little bit about being a student during COVID-19. Maybe that way other students could read his words and feel understood.

Lara: So people can know you a little better, what is your name and how old are you?

Tomas: My name is Tomas Rosales and I am nineteen years old.

L: What college do you attend? What is your major?

T: I am a student at Full Sail University in Florida and my major is Bachelor of Science in Film.

L: How have your classes changed since quarantine started? Besides them being fully online.

T: I am missing a great amount of opportunities I would have otherwise had. The classes, at first, were not dealt with correctly. The level of education I am currently receiving does not compare to the one I would have had on campus.

L: Throughout this new process of learning, have your teachers been accessible?

T: Yes, one of the best things to come out of my online classes is how accessible my instructors have been, and how willing to help they are.

L: How have you been feeling with all these changes?

T: I have been sad at the amount of missed opportunities and worried about the lost time.

L: Given that so many are living through this same experience, what advice would you give to other students right now?

T: If you have any worries, speak to someone. Ask questions. Contact your advisors. Try to get the most out of your online classes. But take advantage of the extra time and utilize any online resources that will allow you to expand your knowledge beyond your college’s curriculum.

During the last few months, I have seen Tomas adjust to the new learning normal. Just like many other students, he has struggled with frustration but has found the way to stay positive and do his best in class. Besides that, he has found many resources and tools to teach himself what quarantine has prevented him from learning. He watches YouTube videos from different people in the film industry and puts his new knowledge to the test by creating his own projects.

Many students find themselves in this situation and we should recognize how well they have been dealing with everything. It is not easy to do good in class when a global pandemic has changed everything about our lives. Hopefully, reading Tomas’s words will help you understand there are others feeling the same way you are. You are not alone and the best you can do right now is utilize your time in a way that is beneficial for you.

I am very proud of my brother and the way he has handled quarantine. So, I can guarantee your family members, your friends, and your teachers are very proud of you and the way you have dealt with the circumstances. Do not give up now; your effort will be worth it.

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