Online School During a Pandemic

By Stephanie Quaranto

College students are adjusting to the “new normal” of online school and isolation during this worldwide pandemic, two things that they did not sign up for.

In this strange period of time of the coronavirus, students all over the nation are trying to focus on passing their classes or graduating school not knowing when they will be able to return back to some sort of normalcy.

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Photo of computer showing the new normal of online schooling by Stephanie Quaranto on  Friday, April 10, 2020

Two college students commented on this topic expressing the difficulties they are facing with this adjustment.

Victoria Barrette, a senior at Emmanuel College in Boston Massachusetts, said, “It’s especially difficult uprooting your school schedule and giving up your independence to move back home with your parents and all your siblings. It’s a different environment that is especially hard to focus in. I find myself procrastinating more than ever because of all the distractions.”

Katie Sturgis a senior at The University of Rhode Island said, “I think the hardest part is the overload of work from my professors. It’s an unusual time and I feel like they picked up the pace. I don’t have the luxury of going to the library to concentrate, it’s a different environment than at school.”

COVID-19 has taken the world by storm and has made many changes to lifestyles all over. In Rhode Island, where these two college students live, there is an executive stay at home order set in place by the governor Gina Raimondo.

Rhode Islanders are only allowed to leave for work or to obtain necessities. This order was set in place until April 13, 2020, and has not yet been renewed. Many citizens in the state of Rhode Island are going stir crazy in their homes and are ready for this quarantine to be over, in hopes that it will all return to normal.