Lessons I’ve Learned While in Lockdown by: Afua Frimpong, UMCP Communication student

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Afua Frimpong, University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) Communication student

At first it was exciting but now it’s overwhelming. The transition to online classes was a hard adjustment. Every class has a calendar and a course schedule to follow so this helps. However, the online space has become a never ending notification area, and sometimes makes me panic. I have to keep track of what each professor is posting to be able to give equal attention to each of my classes.

Finding a comfortable working space at home has been challenging as well. Sometimes I just want to be in the comfort of my room and study but that can encourage laziness. I can’t be selfish when it comes to the study area since it is a place shared by my brother and I. In order to stay on top of my to-do list I have an agenda book where I list what I would like to have done by the end of a day and I try my best to ensure that I do away with procrastination as we try to get used to the change.

From time to time when the weather is good I go to the balcony and sit out to do my assignments. I listen to some instrumental music to keep my spirits up as I study and this personally is a good tool of motivation for me. Music is an essential part of my life and during this time it is where I draw strength to stay focused. Sometimes I forget to catch some sunlight and it makes me gloomy, but I am constantly reminding myself that this phase will pass and soon we will all be able to meet in the same classroom setting that used to feel exhausting, but now we crave.

This lockdown has taught me a lot and these lessons include the following:

  • I have learned self-love and appreciation of what I have such as shelter and my
    daily resources.
  • I have learned to use resources only when needed, not because they are available. An example is that I only go grocery shopping when there really is nothing at home to eat.
  • I have learned to follow a strict eating plan and a strict studying schedule.
  • I have learned to check-in on friends and send them some motivational quotes so they are not feeling too overwhelmed or lost. I realized I have been
    reflecting a lot on everything I can think of in my life and in the lives of those around me.

For me this is an opportunity to grow and learn to respond to unexpected situations that no one ever imagined would happen. Only a few more weeks left before I graduate!  Even though I won’t be able to walk across the stage and be handed my diploma, virtual graduations are being scheduled. USG has planned a Virtual Graduation Celebration on May 8th at 7pm online. This will be a celebration of all of our hard work and achievements. It is not the ending to my academic journey that I had imagined, but I appreciate everything that has been done so far to ensure students still get the best out of this unfortunate situation.

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