Entering my senior year at UCLA, I was looking forward to taking my last in-person final, bidding my college friends goodbye and getting my moment of recognition as I walk across graduation stage. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, my moments of closure as I wrap up my undergraduate career have been cut short.
Like many schools across the country, UCLA has transitioned course instruction into a remote format. I now listen to my professors through a video conference call on Zoom instead of attending lecture in a classroom. Despite erratic internet connections at times, this learning adjustment has steadily improved over time. While I do miss studying at on-campus libraries, completing assignments at home has been better than expected (wearing pajamas all-day doesn’t hurt).
Beyond just students, I’ve noticed how all members of society are arranging how to adjust and cope during this time. Yet, it is encouraging to witness everyone working together to do their part to “flatten the curve” of coronavirus. I hope this wholesome form of collaboration and compassion will live on past the pandemic.
Looking back at my time at UCLA, I am grateful for all of the academic and social experiences I’ve encountered. I will fondly remember late-night study sessions with classmates and even cheering on our sports teams against our rival school, USC.
I am thankful for the team at SCG for being so understanding of my situation of juggling an internship, school and personal responsibilities during this time. It is inspiring to see the team checking in on everyone and working harder than ever to help the company’s clients. Through and through, I am looking forward to the day when I will see everyone in the office again, and take part in an 8-clap at Pauley Pavilion. Until then, I’ll be taking a deep breath of air from indoors.