[COVID has significantly changed the undergraduate learning environment. I asked Maya, one of our top undergraduates, to contribute some reflections on her experience for the newsletter. ME]
When leaving school, the campus was incredibly chaotic. Students waited hours to spend their dining dollars at the convenience store, the Elli. I left for campus thinking that I would be back by the end of spring break. I only packed clothes for a week. On March 13th, I left University to go back home for Ithaca. Spring Break turned into a semester long hiatus from live classes. The hardest part of Spring 2020 was being home and trying to focus on school. There were countless times where I stayed in bed the whole day and spent a few hours on school. After a few weeks of online school, I was diagnosed with anxiety. I was having anxiety about online classes, and COVID-19. It was so sudden. I would be in a class and suddenly I couldn’t breathe. My anxiety has led me to miss many classes and fall behind. Because of my professors being understanding, I was able to catch up with their support. In Spring 2021, I am still having trouble with my anxiety but with my support system, I am able to get through the day easier.