‘I will probably do a master’s degree just to update the education that I feel I missed ”
The speakers are call students “stupid” for wanting safety nets and branding campaigns for policies without detriment “cyber terrorism”. And it makes you wonder – how difficult can it be now, really? Well, for real students, things are a struggle now.
On the one hand, eager to avoid the financial impact of mass repayments, universities are convinced that things are basically just as good as before. On the other hand, they are insisting that if things were to literally get worse, students’ degrees would be dangerously compromised, so they couldn’t make a policy without prejudice like last year. Caught in the middle of this position are students trying to take their degrees during a third block.
The students who spoke to The Tab explained how they are finding it difficult to block. They feel they need more help, but even if that help comes, they have lost something that they really cannot recover.
‘I will probably end up doing a master’s degree just to complete the education that I feel I missed’
Shifra Hoskins thought he would be able to use the final year of his music degree to make contacts and improve his performances.
Instead, the Sussex student is having to practice on a small keyboard in her room and is planning – along with all of her housemates – a master to make up for lost time.
“I will probably end up doing a master’s degree just to complement the education I feel I missed,” she told The Tab. “It has always been a possibility, but now I am 95 percent sure that I will do one.”
“I chose to take this course because of the practicality in combination with the academic material, so, as everything changed to online, I really don’t feel like I’m taking the course, so I signed up,” she said.
“The academic material is very good, but I feel like I’m missing half of my course.”
Although uni has implemented some measures, the reality is that it cannot make up for what was lost with the pandemic. “Obviously I will still have the same qualifications,” she said, “but practical experience and knowledge of how to really make progress on the course will be very limited,” Shifra told The Tab.
‘It is difficult to stay motivated when you are studying, sleeping and living in the same space’
Kathryn is studying a PGCE in Leeds. In addition to having to adapt to teach her classes online, she is having to do university work.
“Studying for university is in the back of my mind and I think teachers think it should be on our minds,” she said.
“Studying is so difficult at the moment – it is so difficult to stay motivated when you are studying, sleeping and living in the same space. I live alone, so I don’t see other people on a daily basis and I’m studying at the same table where I’m drinking my tea. “
Although she thinks a policy without prejudice would help, she will not make up for what she has lost so far. In particular, she missed meeting the other trainees on the course. “I understand the reasons, it is just frustrating to miss things that other students may have experienced,” she said.
‘We won’t acquire almost the same level of skills that we would acquire if we were in person’
Universities insist that any compromise in classification would seriously jeopardize the “academic integrity” of everyone’s diploma. For Orenji Zvezda, a student of journalism at Leeds Beckett, this has already happened.
“We will not acquire even close to the same level of skills that we would acquire if we were in person. I’m just concerned about not being so confident about leaving my graduation and going to work, or my transition into it, ”she says.
“A year and a half of my academic life has been dominated by the coronavirus.”
In addition to wasting time, Orenji found things difficult with the university. “I’m definitely struggling because of the blockade. I am not receiving readings for some modules, and a module tutor told me that we should all buy books now, as we will not be leaving anymore, “she said.
“It is very unfair to be told that we have the same level of education as the pre-corona.”
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