Online learning: This too shall pass
THE EDITOR, Madam:
Since the pandemic, every student was forced into a virtual system that at first seemed foreign to most. Doing classes online has its perks, but it also has a lot of negative impacts on students. During this time, everything can trigger a stress response. Students find it extremely hard to cope under the pressure of completing many hours per day before a screen, added to tons of assignments, sectionals, presentations, and researches.
As a student, I feel the pressure of an increase in workload since the pandemic. At the peak of that, we are challenged with proper connectivity and may find it difficult to attend classes because of Internet issues. The increased screen time has also been taking a toll on our health. A few of my classmates and other students have to be wearing glasses since classes went online. There is also this sense of isolation; we are social beings, and we enjoy social interactions, so the fact that we are now in this ‘new normal’ is very challenging.
The challenges we are facing as students are many, and none of us saw this coming. We were excited when we found out school would be out, but we didn’t expect it to last so long. As students, let us make it our priority to reach out to our classmates and find out how they are doing. Take a break from the screen and do something that you enjoy. Parents, be supportive of your child, or children, because it is not easy on us. Teachers, be considerate and supportive of your students.
Students, be mindful that our teachers are dealing with a lot of pressure, too. Let us get into the habit of supporting each other through this difficult time. I have great anticipation when all things are back to normal. In the meantime, let us do our part to ensure that we get back to normality as quickly as possible. Let us keep in mind that this too shall pass.
S ASHA-GAY DAWSON