Experience of College Student Interns Amidst COVID-19

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CSI Professionals Inc. sat down with college students, Michelle who is an intern with CSI and two of her friends May & Riley who are also currently in their freshman year from Cal State LA.

The students were asked questions ranging from how they are currently feeling through the pandemic, their concerns in school and “real-life” learnings to “situations, they never thought would happen and put their freshmen year into a sudden stop.”

Q: How have you felt during the entire lockdown i.e do you feel that you have to adjust your daily schedule?

Michelle has felt disappointed about not being able to go out and be with her friends nor being able to go to school. She is also adjusting to school now that it’s online classes rather than face to face.

For Riley, she felt a wave of emotions. In the beginning, it was something she didn’t really expect to happen like a lot of other people and she was disappointed to hear that she wouldn’t be able to do a lot of the activities outside like she used to do before. She finds wanting to go outside every so often, but now has to stay inside for the time being to reduce potential exposure from public spaces. From there, she also had to adjust to a more home-bound lifestyle, in addition to transitioning to online classes.

While for May, she is also disappointed in not being able to do the things she used to do before the pandemic such as being able to go out with friends and family. She feels that during the lockdown she is very unmotivated especially when doing her school work just because the home environment isn’t a place where she can focus. Since she’s just at home, she is so comfortable in her surroundings that she doesn’t have the energy to do anything but relax.

The 3 had one thing in common, disappointment and the feeling of being less motivated.

Q: Do you have any concerns about school while in the pandemic lockdown? Any concerns or fears?

May felt concerned about the school lockdown because she heard someone had contracted the pandemic and was worried about the student who had the pandemic and the students who might have made contact with this person. She also feared for the life of that student who contracted the virus and was hoping & praying that the student would recover from the illness.

All three of them are concerned about how next semester was going to turn out, knowing that the current situation is not going to end any time soon. They are curious to know if online classes would also carry over to fall semester as well and how well it would be when it comes to scheduling their classes.

Riley’s major concern is how she can schedule her classes and try to navigate around communicating with advisors. Both Michelle and Riley agreed that they were more used to going to school and meeting face-to-face with advisors so that they would be on the same page with things.

Michelle was worried about the financial side of school such as being able to pay for her classes for next semester especially due to how the pandemic is currently affecting jobs. In the case of working students, this adds emotional distress & concerns.

Q: Is the online class helpful when grasping the lessons for class or it isn’t helpful?

May finds that online class is very convenient however like she mentioned before, just being stuck at home is unmotivating. Whenever I finish class, I go back to what I was doing at home which would be eating or just on my bed using my phone. Ever since lockdown happened, she hasn’t been able to do any work after the online class. While Riley thought that it’s definitely a case-by-case scenario as some students may be able to adapt quickly to this transition, or may have prior experience in taking online classes. Michelle agreed with Riley’s point, as Michelle thinks that some students find it easier because they can learn or complete their assignments at their pace. On the other hand, some students may be more used to the classroom setting to fully engage in learning as opposed to online classes, where some may not have what they need, whether it’s a computer or having access to the Internet, or may have other circumstances at home that they need to attend to.

Q: Do you have a good support system during this time such as friends, family, etc?

All three of them agreed that they have a good support system at this time. They have checked in with each other and their other friends every so often through video calls, making sure they’re okay as well. Their families are all doing well and have switched to being at home when it comes to work. Their families are being aware and trying their best to have things they need to sustain themselves with and keep them safe. All three of them hope that the pandemic will come to a close soon and that they hope that everyone is safe during these times.

Despite the crisis, the feeling of uncertainty, Michelle believes that everyone should still try to be positive, instead of worry, be ready to cope with new life-learnings such as being independent and mature for herself, the family and the people around her. Learn to do things with purpose and even help in little ways that she could. Another is being courageous and strong — have faith that when things are down, the only other way is to rise from the fall, once again.

The casual interview ended with virtual hugs, well wishes and even some early virtual treats for easter, each one holding essentials to survive during COVID.


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