Students Open Up About Their Struggles With Online Classes Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
The spread of COVID-19 remains a crisis nations all over the world are currently grappling with. In the Philippines, the President has put the entire Luzon on an enhanced community quarantine, while other parts of the country like Baguio, Cainta, Cavite, and La Union have declared their own lockdowns.
Meanwhile, college students have transitioned to online platforms to continue lessons and classes, save for a few universities who went ahead and suspended even their online classes on top of the on-ground school activities. Many students, however, plea for online classes to be suspended in their own schools after encountering struggles with their new online setup.
Necessary tools for online learning such as laptops and a stable internet connection are also not as easily accessible for a considerable portion of the student population. Many rely on campus facilities to accomplish and submit school work and other academic requirements. Due to these concerns and the others mentioned below, students took to Twitter to trend #SuspendOnlineClasses and make an appeal to postpone classes in all colleges and universities during the quarantine period.
Below, some students share their feels about online classes amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Not all students have access to the same resources.
While plenty of us can Google something up in seconds or stream a YouTube explainer about a certain lesson, others don’t necessarily share the same opportunities. One student, @abey.yshh, shares, “Not everyone of us has good internet connection or mobile data. Some cannot afford it.”
It takes a toll on students’ health, too.
We’re experiencing a pandemic no one in the world has ever encountered before, so it isn’t too far offto say that our mental health will get strained as we struggle to grasp the situation. If school isn’t already stressful in a normal setting, it certainly reached new levels this time around. “It sucks,” One student, @cruz_ram, shares. “How can I concentrate after what’s happening in our country right now?”
Of course, it also takes its toll on students’ physical health. “I feel more tired because of looking at the computer screen every day,” shares @ in_a_relationship_withcoffee.
It’s harder to stay focused.
Trying to absorb your lessons just doesn’t seem as doable when you’re doing it from the comforts of your home, a place we often associate with unwinding and resting after a long day of hustling. Your bed is calling you and the kitchen—and by extension, food—is just a few steps away. Not to mention, your entire family is also at home, and they’re not taking online classes like you are. One student, @zionisticbella, opens up, “It doesn’t [really] help us learn anymore, it is all about compliance.”
Online classes just can’t compare to the ~real~ college experience.
Of course, it’s understandable to cancel on-ground classes and school activities to help keep the virus from spreading further. Physical distancing is highly encouraged, after all, and students understand the importance of this directive. Still, many—particularly the seniors—can’t help but feel sad about the feeling of missing out on making the most out of their college days, knowing they won’t be able to relive those precious college moments the moment they get their diplomas. “It’s my final semester and as a graduating student, I felt I was robbed [of] my final days [in college].” Shares @alviinuy.
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To the Person Who Does Not Know Any 1D Song
By: CJ Reyno
Never in my wildest dream I imagined to meet someone who does not know a single One Direction song or who does not even know, Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Niall Horan, and err… Zayn Malik. How did you spend your teenagehood without listening to their songs? The disrespect to my #StyPayHorLikSon. My initial reaction, Vas Happenin’?
Since I was 12 years old, that was way back on 2012, One Direction songs have been my official life soundtrip, my go-to songs whenever I feel happy, sad, mad, excited, and etch. I can still remember how people went crazy just to attend their concert here in the Philippines. I must admit, I was one of those. LOL. The group was also dubbed as, “The Biggest Boyband in the World”. They were an era. You really left me in awe when you told me that you do not know a single One Direction song. Their songs are gold. But I was a little hopeful when a new messaged popped up on our conversation, “Hey I know one, Make You Beautiful”.
You do not know how my world collapsed after reading your message. I would like to say that I appreciate the effort, thanks, but they do not have a song entitled, Make You Beautiful, because it is, What Makes You Beautiful. I tried to explain but you said that they are just the same. (Tip: Never fight with a Directioner when it comes to this because we will not let our guards down). No! They are not the same. How can you make this big mistake? LOL. What Makes You Beautiful is One Direction’s debut song. Almost everyone knows this, “you’re insecure, don’t know what for,” ring a bell? The music video of this surpassed 1 billion views on Youtube. On my 21 years of existence, you are the very first person who told me this “I-Thought-It-Was-A-Joke-But-You-Are-Serious” statement.
As a persuasive fangirl, I thought to myself that I should make you appreciate their music, that you should know that it is What Makes You Beautiful, not Make You Beautiful. The group may be in hiatus but their music is and will always remain superior. You are hard-headed lad. We even when to the point where you challenged me to treat so I can make you watch their music video. Am I even surprised that I agreed to this? HAHA. I feel like an agent trying to persuade her customer to buy a property on our company. You do not know how happy I was when you sent me your video listening to What Makes You Beautiful. I felt like I successfully closed a deal with my client. Not to exaggerate but I really jumped because of happiness after watching your video. It was the first message I checked that morning. Thank you for your effort, so much appreciated. Funny how our conversation starts with your innocence on One Direction until it goes deeper and last longer. Up All Nigh conversations which turned to almost Midnight Memories. Ironic how a Directioner had developed an admiration on someone who dislikes her favorite boys? Just like One Direction’s song, Change My Mind, “Never felt like this before. Are we friends or are we more?” I guess, like Liam’s line on Love You Goodbye, “It's inevitable everything that's good comes to an end. It's impossible to know if after this we can still be friends.”
I was happy that I made you listen to One Direction. At least I made you appreciate and made you aware that there is a song called, What Makes You Beautiful, not Make You Beautiful. I am happy that you already found your Girl Almighty. Wish me luck on finding my Summer Love. xoxo, Your Directioner friend