When I returned to university on 4 January, I didn’t think it would cost me £1624. I made the choice to come back for two reasons: I did not have space to study at home, and I thought that other people would be allowed to return soon.
The intention of a “2020 achievement” post on social media is well-meaning, but its negative effects are manifold, however that’s not to say you shouldn’t be making these posts: there’s a lot to be said for congratulating yourself when congratulations are in order.
Every year on the first of November, without fail, the season suddenly switches overnight from Halloween to Christmas. Shops change their window displays, Christmas lights start going up around each town, and Christmas adverts flood our TV screens.
As the end of term approaches, many Bristol students are planning their return home for the Christmas period and looking forward to the festivities and food, with the opportunity to partake in these annual celebrations providing some sense of normality to an anything but normal year.
For Arts students the prospect of University coming to an end has never been more daunting. Along with ravaging the industry I love the pandemic has caused great career uncertainty for graduating Arts students like myself.
It is safe to say that this year has not been plain sailing for students in halls of residence. Stories of students being penned up in flats for weeks on end, with limited outside contact have been circulating everywhere from Bristruths to national newspapers.
At the start of December, the University released its policy for mitigating the impact of COVID-19 on the January assessment period. In my opinion, the measures outlined are inadequate and fail to recognise the amount of disruption the pandemic has caused to students’ learning experience.