Students Reflect on a Semester of Distance Learning
When COVID-19 hit, spring semester took a surprising turn and went online. At the end of the semester, students looked back on what they learned, how they coped, and what their hopes for the future are.
Even as the semester went virtual, senior Elizabeth Sirianni remained positive. With the help of professors, peers, and her liberal arts education, she has hope for a bright future. “I know that this won't last forever, and we as a people will need to be there to pick up the pieces when it's over.” Read Elizabeth's Q&A.
Junior YuQi Zeng finds the silver lining in otherwise dismal situations. She reflects on her semester of distance learning and the positives she found that kept her going. Read YuQi's Q&A.
While finishing up the semester away from campus and her friends wasn’t ideal, spring 2020 graduate Mariah Flores found some new skills within herself. Here she discusses her ability to be adaptable and resilient. Read Mariah's Q&A.
Junior Robel Tedros used his time during distance learning to spend quality time with family and focus on physical and mental health. “What inspires me to keep moving forward is finding ways in which I can activate my own personal happiness.” Read Robel's Q&A.
Senior Bridget Brown discusses adapting to distance learning and how her liberal arts education helped her better understand the different aspects of COVID-19. Read Bridget's Q&A.
Junior Jaden Lubarski had a hectic spring semester— he changed his major, and then classes went virtual. But amid the stressful circumstances, he kept his head up and didn’t let the pressure get to him. “I encourage everyone to focus on what you can control because I have learned that you really can do anything you set your mind to.” Read Jaden's Q&A.
Being from NYC, Cassidy Drummond hasn’t seen her family since January due to COVID-19. But with the help of her friends and professors, she built a support system that helped her through the semester. Read Cassidy's Q&A.
Even though her last semester at the U moved to distance learning, Hamy Huynh didn’t let it stop her from learning and growing. “I’m choosing to look on the bright side and have been using this pandemic as a reason to better myself mentally, physically, emotionally, and career-wise.” Read Hamy's Q&A.
“The most meaningful interactions I've had with instructors and advisors during this time is the simple reminders of support and care that they constantly provided throughout the end of the semester.” Senior Fariza Hassan reflects on her time during distance learning and the people who helped her navigate the uncertainties. Read Fariza's Q&A.