Virtual university: are we settled in?

Sofia Chiscop gives her opinion on virtual university so far, and how she feels it is going

Sofia Chiscop
2nd November 2020

Waking up with a banging hangover after Digi Mondays, throwing a coat over your leggings so that it looks like you put a little effort into your look, and rushing to class even though you told yourself that you’d just watch the recap. Sounds familiar, right?

Well, let’s face it, these days you wake up with a headache because you kept clicking “next episode” the night before, and you don’t feel judged if you wear pyjamas all day. Well, the only thing that remained the same is the fact that, if you are anything like me, you are still late to class cause sometimes clicking “join meeting” is just too mentally exhausting. We’ve all been there, and no one is here to judge. 

However, human beings are adaptable creatures and I am sure that getting into a routine will eventually get me out of this rut

I, for one, have a love-hate relationship with online learning. At first, it seemed ideal. Everything does in the beginning, doesn’t it? More time for yourself, scheduling your week as you like, lectures in bed… what’s not to love? Except that, for each advantage, there is also a disadvantage and sometimes it’s hard to think of the former. 

For instance, I am currently at home and it’s difficult for me to find my working space and get into my “study persona” in the place where I have only spent holidays for the past year. However, human beings are adaptable creatures and I am sure that getting into a routine will eventually get me out of this rut. That being said, as hard as it may seem in the beginning, it’s easier to establish and actually maintain a routine when your classes are online. Think of all that time that you save not having to rush to uni or the dead time between lectures. Another thing that you save (besides money cause the trebles that were breaking your bank account are long gone) is sleep which, ground-breaking, makes you function and focus better.

So, study, click that “join meeting” button, but also spend time doing the things that bring you joy and seeing the people that you love

On the other hand, if you are a productivity freak, online learning will make it harder for you to put a stop to doing uni work. Ironically, the more “me time” I have, the more time I am tempted to spend working. Still, getting into a routine and setting yourself strict “working hours” helps. What also helps is telling your inner voice that constantly urges you to work to shut up. Seriously, here is a tip that my mum gave me. Anytime I have intrusive thoughts, I think of a person that I can’t stand, I associate it with that voice, and I tell it to shut up.

When everything seems overwhelming, think of how you were juggling things last year. You are still that person and you can do everything you put your mind to. So, study, click that “join meeting” button, but also spend time doing the things that bring you joy and seeing the people that you love (while respecting the guidelines) so that you don’t end up dreading what you do.

The situation may not be ideal, but it’s in our power to make the best out of it!

Fetaure image: Pixabay @viarami

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