Health crisis impact on studies choice
Created on May 6, 2020
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Several students from 12th grade at Jacam High School have been interviewed on how they see their future studies in September in the midst of the Coronavirus crisis. How has the health crisis and long two-month lockdown influenced their perspectives on their future regarding their studies? Has it changed their views? Has it reinforced their choice or questionned it?
Could life return to normal?
Nobody expected this coronavirus crisis and surely not me: this crisis has had several effects on me.
We ended up with online studies, it does change and it’s different from usual. A a lot of people have become lazier but actually, it hasn't changed my goals or my perspective about my further studies. In the same way, I don’t plan to change the path I have chosen, but it does make me think a lot about my future.
It does make me think about my future!
When we talk about the Coronavirus crisis, the first feeling that comes out is regret. For a student who’s about to graduate, I feel it’s such a shame to end high school life this way.
During this epidemic, I discovered a new method of work: remote schooling work. At first, it was really strange but thanks to this, I learned to work alone, with more independence. However, working remotely doesn’t have only advantages since it doesn’t replace high school.
During the lockdown, it was difficult to stay at home since we couldn’t go wherever we wanted, whenever we wanted. This period makes us aware that freedom is essential in our society.
Will everything remain as before?
I’m a little worried about next year, I wonder if measures will be taken in charge to attend classes or if everything will remain as before the crisis.
Because of the Coronavirus crisis, schools closed and so the classes changed extremely. Indeed, we and the teachers had to adapt to this unusual change. Working alone and with less compulsory work strongly resembles the way the university works. This allowed me to start getting used to getting organized for next year, because next year the work won't be compulsory unlike in high school.
I want to be part of it!
It has allowed me to ask myself the right questions
The coronavirus crisis has worried me but I took advantage of this lockdown to be able to think about the essential points of life and that helped me a lot.
This lockdown has allowed me to ask myself a lot of questions and I was able to start looking for an apartment where I would feel good for example. It has enabled me to ask myself the right questions and to be even more sure of my choices than before.
The coronavirus crisis hasn't really changed anything for me in terms of studies. Certainly working at home is not simple but we have passed our exam in continuous assessment so we are less stressed.
That's too bad to spend this last year in high school in these conditions. But finally the hardest part for me during this coronavirus crisis is not seeing my family and friends.
It hasn't changed my choice !
In September I am hoping to go to Paris to study medicine. The work they are asking throughout the first few years of medical studies is enormous. I am really not worried about the end of my senior year, the program we are currently studying doesn’t have much in common with the program next year.
Starting in advance on my studies
I can understand that my classmates could be stressed about the upcoming Parcoursup results (website used for university entrance) and the problem that Covid-19 could cause.
I don't feel worried
I didn’t imagine high school to end this way, however this crisis allowed me to experience what studies will require next year, which is motivation and precision.
One of the negative aspects of the lockdown was being confined to the house and not being able to hang out with my friends.
With the global pandemic, we will not take our final exam! It’s really disturbing because we will never have taken exams in real conditions, which is maybe going to be an obstacle for the next years.
The coronavirus crisis has really influenced the way I think about my studies. First, we can't currently go to school, but we have still homework to do. However, it doesn't take all my time. So during my free time, I have begun to work on next year syllabus because it's never too early to do that.
Currently, we are going trough an extremely tough situation, with the coronavirus. The new virus which took over the world in a few months, is also bringing down the economy. Due to this, nations decided to lockdown their population to avoid a massive contamination. But the economy isn’t the unique sector affected. Concerning education, classrooms are small confined places, where all the students are close to each other, so, it would have led to a faster and deadlier contamination if we hadn't closed the schools.
We have already missed a large amount of lessons!
An opportunity to think and act to improve our future
I would say that the coronavirus crisis hasn’t changed my choice for my further studies. However, by working remotely it has changed my perspective concerning the way of working and learning since I didn’t find it surprising anymore to work from home. Teaching had to reinvent itself and I am quite sure that it will have impact on the next years. Remote schooling work will develop and perhaps exams will take place differently from before.
I feel different about September. For my part it’s difficult to picture next school year with the feeling that this year is not totally finished. I really regret the last months of this important and symbolic year, the events that we missed, and all the cancelled activities of this summer like the music festivals. I believe that we will enjoy more the moments spent with our friends or family or at least we will see them differently.
I think that the corona crisis will be studied next year since it has led to a new way of looking at the economic system and the functioning of each country and its institutions. It has also impacted the vision of globalization and I find really interesting the questions it raises. Maybe the questionings during this unusual time will influence my future choices. I have heard some people say that it’s the perfect time to start something new and I want to think that way. I hope that we will seize this opportunity to think and act in order to improve our future life.
This pandemic made me realize the importance of school, family and friends. This crisis helped me to consider the opportunity I had to go to school and to have access to the studies I had chosen, because it is often taken for granted.
We wish all Jacam High School seniors a bright future!
Thanks to the students of TS10 and of TES5 who have willingly shared their feelings in this project!