COVID-19 Student Stories

COVID-19 Student Stories

Students Share Their COVID-19 Stories

The department is collecting uplifting or lighthearted stories and encouraging words from its students about how they are adjusting to social distancing and remote schooling. We will feature these below on this page, and on our social media and department newsletter.

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Stories

"I have kept myself entertained inside by participating in Rowan activities and watching TV and movies when I can. Over the last few weeks some highlights have been connecting virtually with friends from Rowan. I have sustained participation in my major by continuing to study for exams and complete assignments while also leaving time to look for jobs in my field upon my upcoming graduation. The adjustment to courses online has not been as difficult as I thought especially pertaining to GIS which I feared would be difficult. The other classes, have been fine and I have taken online classes before so this has not been a problem. I have tried to remain a positive attitude by reminding myself that while my life may be tough and frustrating right now by not being able to go anywhere or do anything, at least I am not a healthcare worker on the front lines being exposed to the virus everyday. I have reminded myself that even though it may seem like COVID-19 will last forever, nothing good or bad will last forever. For other students, try to stay positive, study hard but also leave some time for hobbies you enjoy."

- Anonymous dual major in GIS and Planning


"I have kept myself entertained inside by participating in Rowan activities and watching TV and movies when I can. Over the last few weeks some highlights have been connecting virtually with friends from Rowan. I have sustained participation in my major by continuing to study for exams and complete assignments while also leaving time to look for jobs in my field upon my upcoming graduation. The adjustment to courses online has not been as difficult as I thought especially pertaining to GIS which I feared would be difficult. The other classes, have been fine and I have taken online classes before so this has not been a problem. I have tried to remain a positive attitude by reminding myself that while my life may be tough and frustrating right now by not being able to go anywhere or do anything, at least I am not a healthcare worker on the front lines being exposed to the virus everyday. I have reminded myself that even though it may seem like COVID-19 will last forever, nothing good or bad will last forever. For other students, try to stay positive, study hard but also leave some time for hobbies you enjoy."

- Anonymous dual major in Environmental Studies and Community & Environmental Planning


"Social distancing is tough, but I've adjusted by making sure that I stay in touch with friends and family through call, text, and facetime. I've been keeping myself entertained by watching Netflix, spending time with my family, and even working on some new skills, like cooking and baking. I also go for walks every day to get out of the house and have been going for drives for a change of scenery. I've sustained participation in my major through growing my own vegetable garden at home to reduce the number of times my family and I need to go to the grocery store, recycling, and making sure that we use as little unnecessary energy as possible by turning off the lights and televisions when people aren't in the room. Adjusting to online courses hasn't been easy, but I have made sure that I have a routine that I stick to and that I have a workspace set up in my living room. I've maintained a positive attitude throughout this experience by remembering that this is only temporary, and, as long as we continue to practice social distancing, we will hopefully return to something close to normal soon enough. For other students, I recommend checking in on family and friends and making sure that you stay in touch with your loved ones. I also recommend finding a way to stay active, creating a daily routine, and focusing on hobbies as well. We're in this together, guys!"

- Jenna Grace, dual major in Environmental & Sustainability Studies and Community & Environmental Planning


"While social distancing, I have kept myself entertained by planting new plants for the summer time to go outside in my family garden. Taking care of them has helped me a lot with keeping my spirits up. Another thing I've been doing to keep me busy is putting everything into my studies. I have a final report for my senior seminar class that I work on everyday to edit and keep making the best that it can be. My advice is to start with homework that you are interested in and then work your way into work that you may not want to do. Doing the other homework will give you more motivation to do the things you may be dreading. Also check in with classmates and get feedback from them on assignments so you can hold one another accountable as if you were still meeting face to face. I find it very helpful when my professors let students talk and figure out where they want to go with an assignment and talk about their struggles in the class at the moment. There are so many difficult parts of life right now so admitting that you are struggling and asking for guidance when you need it is so important!"

- Stephanie Evans, Environmental and Sustainability Studies major