It has been two months since universities began to temporarily close their doors. Students were sent home for the remainder of the school year and continued to learn in an online setting. As students faced distress to what life would be like while social distancing, others started to realize new things.
Freshman Pre-Nursing major, Ariele Regondola, said, “All I knew was that I had to move out of my dorm and go back to my actual household in Riverside.”
Like many students, Regondola was left with many questions and so much uncertainty as to how the rest of the school year would progress.
In the early stages of the pandemic, many people were simply told to stay home and social distance as much as possible. This task seems simple enough, however, having more free time is a foreign concept to those with fast paced lives.
As college students with extremely busy schedules, they were all used to completing one task after another with hardly any breaks in between. From managing busy school weeks with work schedules and social lives, they were used to having very little time to themselves. Whether it be finding a moment to simply lay around or practice some favorite hobbies, every task or event was carefully planned. The enforcement of quarantine has caused students to slow down their lives and has given them an opportunity to hit a pause button.
Many students are having a difficult time finding productivity at home and fear not doing well in their classes due to the online transition.
Senior Nursing major, Trish Manalili, said, “Being unproductive is due to having all the time, with no pressure and stress, which leads to procrastination and I slack more with my responsibilities.”
Manalili feels that sometimes having more time can often lead to leaving things to the last minute and putting off more responsibilities.
As time went on, many students began to feel grateful for the extra time they’ve been given. They began to rediscover the things they used to love doing like reading, baking, exercising and more.
Vivienne Huynh, a Junior majoring in Psychology, said, “I kind of realized how I’m always in a rush to do things and it makes me feel overworked, but now I’ve learned that I can still do everything I want and take the time to do it without rushing.”
It took a little time, but people started to get used to the fact that they will be living a slower paced, more sedentary life for a while. Many students started to realize that more time doesn’t necessarily have to mean a decrease in productivity. In fact, with more time they get to accomplish more of the things they love to do that they’ve been putting off because they were too busy.
Although they miss being with their friends and having the freedom to go wherever, whenever they wanted, they’ve begun to realize how fortunate they are to have had time with their friends and family.
As Manalili said, “I realized how privileged we all are and how we took advantage of small, little things. We were all not aware that what we had before this pandemic were all precious moments with the people that are dear to us.”