It has been a very hectic month for all of us and I hope you all are doing well and staying safe, as well as your loved ones! This month has been quite the shift and a new challenge that I had to face. In life there are endless challenges that await, and COVID-19 is just one of the many challenges we must endure. Classes has shifted to online class towards early April, since Gustavus was one of the few colleges to put in the decision to go into online classes late. We also have a later spring break is which gave the college more leeway to come to a decision. Taking online classes is different, and in my opinion puts students and teachers at a disadvantage, especially if we are not trained and well adapted to it. It is harder to interact with professors and classmates. Furthermore, there are many distractions at home, which I think makes it for an unsuitable study place for myself. The positive aspects of online classes I do like is being able to do assignments more on my time. We do not meet as often, or at all which allows me more time to work.
I am still currently working at Hy-Vee, in which I was transferred over spring break. The pandemic has affected the way we work also. We are now required to wear masks. That is mainly about it, but I am way more mindful in my personal hygiene at work. I wash my hands way more often and make sure I keep my distance from people, especially if they seem ill. I try not to keep so far of a distance most of the time because it may seem like I do not want to help the customer and that I am afraid. I am not too afraid of contact, as long as the person seems healthy and I regularly wash my hands and wear proper gear. Quarantine does not seem like quarantine at all. People are still out playing and keeping close contact. I wonder when this stay at home order will end.
All the ruckus on the pandemic has also affected my volunteering hours. I am now at home, so I cannot volunteer even if the students still went to campus. It would be too far and way out of my convenience to drive over an hour to volunteer for a bit. There is nothing new that has been going on, only a change of pace and how things are being done. On the bright side, I am able to reconnect with friends from high school online, since I am no longer in the presence of my college friends.
As stated earlier, I hope all are well as long as your loved ones. Stay safe and be smart in decisions.