Personal column: How has COVID-19 affected me?

COVID-19, Corona Virus, the 21st century Plague, whatever you want to call it, is here and it won’t be going anywhere for who knows how long. This is a once in a lifetime event that hasn’t been seen by anyone alive today.

Because of this, no one truly knows what actions to take. This results in many different accounts and stories about how to get through these troubling times.

Personally, I have mixed feelings about this whole thing. My situation is a little more unique than some of my friends, leading to more stress sometimes. The biggest aspect of my life that puts me aside from others is that I live with older people.

Ever since 2016, my younger sister and I have been living with our grandparents and will be till the day they pass away. They are our “mom and dad” per say, so we don’t want that to happen because of this virus!

As we all know, older people are more susceptible to the virus, so we do our part by staying in the house. My sister and I are allowed to leave for essentials like grocery shopping and whatnot.

We do this so that my grandmother and grandfather don’t have to be in public, where the disease spreads rapidly. Our grandparents also make us strip down and shower as soon as we come home before we make any contact with them.

I know this may sound a little radical, but they are doing this for a reason. My grandfather has a disease called chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD. This is a lung disease that is more of a nuisance during normal times, but during this pandemic it is like my grandpa has a big red X on his back for the disease to hit at any time.
This is why we have basically been self-quarantined for the past two weeks and will be for weeks to come.

As for more of a personal account, this whole pandemic isn’t really bothering me at all. I’ve always been a little bit of an introvert, so being by myself doesn’t really bother me. I’m also a computer scientist, so being on the computer for hours on end is something I’ve been doing for years.

This really helped with my transition to online classes. They don’t really bother me at all, other than the fact that it doesn’t seem worth what we are paying (but that’s a topic for another
day). It has been pretty easy going with the workflow and getting things done on the computer.

I hate to say it, but I might almost like this better than before. I know that makes me sound lazy and extremely introverted but hear me out. It’s a heck of a lot easier to make it to class on time,
you never have the chance to lose any papers, and the best tutor to ever exist is right at your fingertips: Google.

One thing that has been hard is getting tutoring for some classes. I’m no genius, no one is, and we all need a little help sometime. I would go to tutoring once or twice a week for one specific class and now that I don’t have that any more, it has been a little hard and I’ve had to work a little bit harder to make sure I’m getting everything done.

In all honesty, I really do miss campus, seeing all my friends, participating in events and all the other fun parts of college. It really is weird being back home with my “parents” breathing
down my back making sure I get my homework done and waking me up on time for a Zoom meeting. It’s like high school all over again.