University students seem to be invisible audience

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Education for Y13s has been six months of Zoom calls - Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto

If you followed my last column, I now advise you to swap those new year resolutions for ‘how to stay sane in lockdown’ articles.

Instead of a golden trio, the nation remains in the same jammed re-play of the sci-fi/disaster movie ‘2012’ (rearranged, it does read 2021!) as we continue into week two of the third national lockdown.

For South Devon College students, this is the first time since March that we return to virtual learning. Terrifyingly for us Year 13s, out of the 14 months since the start of our courses, we have spent eight months in the classroom with six months via Zoom calls featuring me, my bed, and I. 

And now, teacher assessments are to dictate our final grade. 

Therefore, I want to remind my fellow students that demotivation is expected – be kind to yourself! 

University students are the ones who seem to be the invisible audience.

Clouded by the pros of furlough and progression with the vaccine, there has been no coverage of the high tuition fees students are required to pay for arguably lesser of quality teaching and £100 a week minimum rent for accommodation they are barred from returning to.

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While GCSE and A-level student exams are prioritised in the Prime Minister's briefings, the same empathy for quality of work has not been extended to university students. Nor has there been much of any aid.

Announcing the new lockdown, the PM said: “The weeks ahead will be the hardest yet, but I really do believe that we are entering the last phase of the struggle."

However, the struggle the pandemic has brought to young people in university is very much the same as in March. 

With university being the next phase in my education, it is deeply concerning.

Although, looking across the pond, the US seem to be catching fire by re-enacting a more famous trio: The Hunger Games.

With the BBC headline ‘America: Storming the Capitol’ sounding like a terrible take on a Gerald Butler movie, Trump has now been banned from his beloved Twitter account and has refused to appear at Biden’s inauguration.

On top of this, the President is being threatened with impeachment.

All of which has occurred within one mere week of 2021. This has many astrologers questioning whether Mercury is in retrograde prematurely or if we have truly left 2020.

Thinking within two months it would have been one entire year since the world essentially stopped spinning is rather disturbing and this time around is proving to be more difficult than the last too.

Nonetheless, there is always a bright side to a bleak day.

For starters, the new bingeworthy ‘Bridgerton’ series has become an essential part of the daily routine, only coming second to brushing my teeth.

Some habits will die hard; one thing I will continue into a Covid-free world is showing up to class in my pyjamas.