Coping With The Pandemic

With the pandemic that has been going on for more than a year, people’s livelihoods have been intensely impacted across different fronts. As much as economic growth has slowed down, resulting in many people losing their jobs, a large number of students across the country have also been facing difficulties as they have been stuck at home the whole time. Not just college students, even fresh graduates who were about to enter the workforce as well as secondary school students who were facing their final examinations have had their plans disrupted by the Covid-19 outbreak.

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When the first Movement Control Order (MCO) was implemented in March 2020, students had to attend online classes while non-essential workers were ordered to work from home. The government closed national borders to limit the flow of people in and out of the country, which also meant that students who were planning to study abroad were held back, and those who were already studying in foreign countries could not return home to their families.

We got in touch with students in different stages who are willing to share their stories about how they were coping with the pandemic. Aaron Patrick, 20, graduated from college with a Diploma in Mass Communication in early 2020 and started working in October that same year. He shared that it was quite frustrating to work while dealing with the new normal. “In terms of work, it was a challenge to adapt to constantly moving back and forth from working at the office to working from home.” Aaron also stated that “it also made me sloppy in terms of my work ethic,”. Luckily, he is now more determined to overcome the frustration that comes with the pandemic and push through to succeed after reevaluating and readjusting to the changes he faced.