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“I had really hoped to get that personal growth while physically in college, but that hasn’t happened.” 

Ashley Makombe speaks to first and second year students on learning in lockdown, and how Covid quashed their college expectations.


When college originally shut down in March of last year, I naively believed it would only last two weeks, that I would be back by the end of the term to sit my exams, and life would carry on as usual. But two weeks became a month, then three, then six, and every time I thought we were nearing the end of it all, the goalposts got moved. I wasn’t prepared to not be back on campus during second year, and while I knew I was going to miss my friends and socialising, I didn’t anticipate how hard online learning would be.

Ashley Makombe speaks to first and second year students on learning in lockdown, and how Covid quashed their college expectations.

When college originally shut down in March of last year, I naively believed it would only last two weeks, that I would be back by the end of the term to sit my exams, and life would carry on as usual. But two weeks became a month, then three, then six, and every time I thought we were nearing the end of it all, the goalposts got moved. I wasn’t prepared to not be back on campus . . .

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