My COVID-19 Tale
My school was among the first schools to shut down, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. At the time, It had not even been declared a pandemic by the WHO. We all thought our school administration was jumping the gun but I was elated still because it’s not often one gets a break from the prestigious College of Medicine, Ibadan. The two weeks' break then morphed into months.
Initially, the lockdown was not so much of an issue because, as an introvert, I did not particularly miss the outside world. It afforded me the opportunity to rekindle the fire of things I love to do like walking (within my environment) and reading non-academic books. I have been able to catch up on some of the books I was too busy to read while school was in session. I have been journaling more and doing a lot of introspection. I recently found out how much cooking and trying new recipes makes me happy.
In as much as this period has been a blessing it has also been a curse in that it has inhibited my productivity. School books I planned to read have been gathering dust. At a point writing became a chore until I got bailed out by some free online writing workshops I found.
I constantly fear for my elderly parents and my sister who is a health care worker. To quell the fearful thoughts, I draw strength from my faith in God.
I miss school life. I miss my friends. I hate the uncertainty of things. I hate that this pandemic has robbed us of the preciousness of physical contact. It’s safe to say, at this juncture, I cannot wait for all these to be over.
#COVID19OurStories is a series curated by Asido Campus Network, we aim to highlight the experiences of young people during the COVID-19 pandemic.