• Ta’Neeka DeMyers

How Michigan College Students Cope With Quarantine

Since classes moved to online (remote) learning during quarantine regulations due to the coronavirus pandemic, Michigan college students are adjusting to being stuck at home.

Olivet College sophomore Brian Taylor, said over Zoom video call that he copes with online classes by counting down the days and pushing through getting stuff done “for the day” so he can “feel accomplished”. Taylor said, with his free time, that he and his family make masks for the hospital, and have made about 2000 so far.

He also said he exercises and his family has “family day” or “family night” together. He said he feels “terrible” living in quarantine because he cannot do a lot of stuff, and that he is looking forward to “the gym”, being with his friends, and “staying out at night” when it is over. Taylor said his advice for other students during this time is to “find something productive to do . . . build a puzzle, do something with your family that you never did before . . . Just talk to people you haven’t talked to in a while . . .” He also said to “Trust in the process” and “Make it a positive.”

Over Zoom video call, another Olivet College sophomore, Emily Epps, said she deals with online schooling by “usually” planning a “schedule” on Sunday of what she needs to get done. Throughout the week, she said it “motivates” her to “keep crossing stuff off because it’s satisfying . . .” With her free time, she said she plays “The Sims a lot”, plays “a lot of video games”, watches Netflix, and spends “more time” with her family.

When asked about her feelings of quarantine, Epps said, “At first, I liked it, but now I’m just kind of tired of it, but it’s all for a . . . reason.” When it is over, she said she is excited to “go back to school next semester”, “to go to church”, “actually go shopping”, and have “actual human interaction.” Epps said her advice would be, “The semester’s almost over, so don’t give up now . . . it’s gonna end quicker than you think, but try to put as much effort in as you would if you were at school.”

Jailen Bernier, a senior at Aquinas College, said over Messenger Video Call that she copes with remote learning and stays motivated by knowing that she has to get her work done in order to graduate. She said she also keeps motiva