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College Students On How Online Classes Are *Really* Like Under Community Quarantine

Students share their initial experiences with online classes--struggles included!
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Given the community quarantine implemented in cities in Metro Manila, class suspensions have been extended to April 12, 2020 and majority of universities have shifted their classes to online platforms.

Our generation may be well-versed when it comes to navigating the digital realm, but it's still an entirely different story to suddenly shift to virtual classes and attempt to learn new lessons outside of our classrooms. Below, students share their initial experiences--struggles included--with online classes amid the community quarantine imposed as a safety measure against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Internet connection is definitely a struggle for many.

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It's definitely a new experience and some things just aren't the same.

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There are a lot of distractions at home, TBH. #Relate

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TFW buong pamilya mo witness sa academic performance mo...

Still, it's not always bad.

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When everything around you suddenly turns dark, the first thing we'd prolly do, as humans, is to find and grab anything that is closest and nearest to us. We'll hold onto them for as long as we can, trying to collect ourselves and gather courage to adjust our eyesights to the pitch black environment that's consuming us minute by minute. And then you'd hear nothing. Your sense of hearing would somehow go off after not seeing anything for quite awhile. You'll let loose. Cry. Panic. You'll be exhausted for fighting your way out. Then just when you're about to stop and give up, you're no longer afraid. There's only this deafening silence and pithole of darkness that's gonna eat you up alive. And surprisingly, you'll make a home out of it.

You'll make a home out of the darkness that when a ray of light suddenly hits you, you'll try to avoid it. You'll try to cover your eyes. You'll try to cover your ears from the voices trying to help you get out of it. You'll try to hide because your mind and body will go against your will to come out and live. Because the darkness that used to scare you, now comforts you in a way you thought has helped you survived life. And you'll try to live. Day by day. In the darkness. Not knowing where to go. Not knowing where to start. Not knowing who is with you. You will try to live until the darkness that once surrounds you is now within you. And everyday, it's gonna be a cycle of subtle torture. But let me tell you a secret. The darkness won't make you whole.

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You'll be broken. And in those hair-like cracks, the light will stubbornly fight its way through until it warms you up. Until you realize to check the switch and turn it on. Until you allow other people to help you find your way back in the light. Until you realize you're ready to live in light again. There's a light at the end of this long and dreading tunnel. The only question that matters: will you let them in?

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