The whole situation with the virus has been strange, but something even stranger has been being a
college student during it. I am currently a student at SUNY Oneonta and I am fully online. Before each of
my classes I just need to roll over in bed and have virtually no prep, whereas if I was in person I’d have to
get up with enough time to make myself presentable and get to class on time. It’s a weird feeling knowing
you’re in college, but not actually being in college. Especially since I am a freshman I haven’t experienced
what college is actually like, so whenever I get to go in person it’s going to be a whole new and frightening
experience. Even though it’s nice to not have to worry about how I look, because my camera can be off in
my classes, something that hasn’t been great is how hard it is to make friends. In person it is difficult to
make friends, because it can be nerve wracking talking to people, but take that environment and make it
completely online and making friends becomes near impossible. I haven’t had to talk to many people and
that has made college so far pretty lonely, but I’m hopeful that things will get better soon.
Trying to see your friends during a pandemic is near impossible. March 13, 2020 was the last day that I
got to hang out with all of my friends before we were locked up in our houses for months and if I would’ve
known I think I would’ve cherished it a lot more. I remember it was one of my best friend’s birthdays so we
decided to all go out to eat. We talked about the virus and about how school was going to close, but no
one realized how serious it was yet. This was before we had to wear masks and when we could still be in
large groups and it’s hard to even imagine that right now. After that night the only time I could see my
friends for months was over facetime which I was grateful for, but it still wasn’t the same. I missed being
able to leave my house, see my friends, and just be anyone but my bedroom. Eventually the restrictions
lightened up and I was able to see them again but it was still different than before and I’m not sure when
things will go back to normal.
I remember a few months after being in quarantine me and my friend decided we were finally going to see
each other in person. We both knew we were taking the necessary precautions to avoid the virus and
neither of us had symptoms or knew anyone with it, so after months we actually got to hang out in person.
I went over to her house and we went into the backyard and sat at opposite ends of the table. We were
six feet apart which is something I never thought I’d have to be from my best friend, but it was so nice to
actually see another person and be somewhere else other than my house. We talked about everything
and anything which was kind of crazy, because it’s not like we went these months without talking, we
facetimed and texted everyday, but it’s different being in person and we had no shortage of things to say.
We had lunch and coffee and I can honestly say it was the nicest day I had had in awhile. I missed seeing
her and even though we had to take precautions such as staying outside and staying far apart we were
actually hanging out which is something we both really missed.