By Emma Rowley
This morning, I turned on my laptop at 10 am and peered, half-awake at the link on the groupchat, inviting me to a study session. I clicked on it, nursing my cup of coffee, and beamed as soon as I saw my course-mates lined up on the screen, smiling and enthusiastic to start working with each other.
Every time this happens- quite a lot these days in fact- we’ll all start by updating each other on lockdown gossip, before one of us sets us a task for us all to do in preparation for the exam. We discuss our problems, talk about our further reading, and push ourselves further in an attempt to master our open-book exams whilst still staying connected.
The thing that makes this interaction most important is not actually what you might expect. As freshers especially, we have no idea what we’re doing or how we should prepare for our exams. Clueless. Over the Easter holidays, with little contact with one another, we spent hours staring hopelessly at our desks, not knowing the right way to approach things or what to revise since we were no longer surrounded by reams of fellow students. Everything suddenly felt a bit more terrifying and harder to control.
Now we’ve started reaching out to one another, it’s far less scary. We get a feel of what others are doing, what to prioritise, what to do. We’re developing a healthy form of comparison, gleaning a sense of what should be normal in at least one aspect of our lives.
Oh, and getting distracted and having a stupid chat to break the monotony of the day is pretty fun too.