Navigating Second Year in a Pandemic

By Sian Buckley

Just like my fellow university students all over the country, I have had an unprecedentedly abrupt end to this academic year. Going from finishing off my last essays of the term and getting ridiculously excited about the Easter ski trip, to hurriedly packing up my belongings and returning to my parents’ house in a matter of days is definitely not how I envisaged the end of term to pan out!

After a week of uncertainty once campus had closed, it was confirmed that Manchester was following the example set by Exeter and St. Andrews, and all second semester Politics and International Relations assessments, alongside the rest of the School of Humanities courses, would be marked using a ‘no disadvantage’ policy. My course friends and I were relieved to see this; having spent the week frantically emailing our tutors to tell them we would struggle to write our essays without access to the library, it was reassuring to receive confirmation that we will be able to do our work in lockdown without the pressure of it potentially having a negative effect on our overall grade.

It’s worth noting that for most of us, we just have an extremely long holiday ahead of us (albeit a boring one) but our fellow students who are training to be nurses certainly do not have it so easy. Whilst we are all faced with our own worries about the future, student nurses face these same apprehensions and so much more. I admire the bravery of all the student nurses, who will be returning to Manchester after the Easter break, risking their lives to help those in need, alongside other key workers. The very least we can do to support them is follow the lockdown rules and remain at home!