From remote learning to wearing masks in the classroom, there’s no doubt that the past year and a half has been abnormal for students. However, for those on the outside looking in, it may be hard to understand the student experience during the Covid-19 pandemic.

To get their perspective, the LenovoEDU Community recently interviewed students to hear their stories about being a student during the pandemic, their thoughts on remote learning, and a general understanding of what this whole experience has been like for them.

In today’s post, we hear from Saavan Yerramsetty, a 19-year-old rising sophomore at Elon University in North Carolina majoring in Finance and Business Analytics.

1. Describe your experiences throughout the pandemic: At what point did you switch to remote learning? If you did return to campus in the Spring, when did you return?

My school has a total of 6,000 undergraduate students and the classes were small enough to be held in-person, so we never switched completely to remote learning. However, we did have a few classes transition to online.

2. What did you find most challenging about learning from home?

When my classes were online, my main problem was the many distractions that would deter me from finishing my work. This would mean taking longer to finish an assignment that would typically not take as much time.

Also, the professor could not really check on students if they were staying on task or not.

3. What did you find most rewarding about learning from home?

I think people found that they had more freedom when learning from home. They could do their work whenever they wanted to instead of usually having to finish it by the end of class.

4. Do you have any interesting stories from your learn from home experience?

One story that stood out for me was when one of my friends had their microphone still on and he didn’t know about it.

He was talking to one of his friends and everyone could hear him through Zoom. He said some things that should not be said in the classroom and because of it he had to talk to the professor after class.

5. Are you excited to return to in-person learning?

My year has been a little different from these bigger schools. I have only had a few classes online.

I think I learn better in-person and I want to meet more of my classmates. My first year of college was luckily mostly in-person and I am thankful for that. I have made friends that I can come back to next year. I want to see the normal college experience and this past year I really didn’t.

6. Are you preparing for school differently this year?

I am not really changing much for next year. Elon was going strong with in-person classes, and next year they are just going to have everything in person. I can’t wait to experience college in full force.

7. Are there any habits or hobbies that you picked up and you want to keep post-pandemic?

I started to learn golf and I want to keep that skill. I am not good at all yet but in a few years, I want to be good enough to play with my friends and future coworkers.

Especially for business, the golf course is where business deals are made.

8. How have you stayed connected with friends and family while learning remotely? How have your relationships changed?

I have stayed connected with family and friends, but my relationships really haven’t changed. I have seen them here and there and all of us have kept a good relationship even through Covid.

9. Years from now, what do you think you’re going to remember about 2020-21?

I am going to remember how Covid stole my freshman year of college from me. Even though we started to slowly get back to normalcy at the end of second semester, most of my year was all about Covid and being careful where you go and who you are with.

Covid made college life tough and annoying but everyone pulled through and got over this hurdle.

10. Post-college life: What do you want your career to look like?

I think I want to work for a large company and want to work in the office. I was thinking of going into a financial investment company or getting a finance job in a well-known company. I think in the next few years my interests will change and I might want to do something different.

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